The man, accused of raping the Spanish woman, made sure he didn’t leave behind any evidence.
On Monday morning, he entered the woman’s Bandra house through the open window and raped her.
“The accused not only took away the clothes the girl was wearing but he also asked her to take a shower soon after the act to ensure that the evidence is washed away,” said a source.
According to police sources, the accused has tried to wipe all evidence which could nail him if he got caught.
The robber, who seems professional, while forcing her to take a shower gave her an opportunity to shout for help.
The girl who went to the bathroom and locked herself. She immediately started screaming for help and alerting her neighbours.
“When the woman started screaming for help, the robber realised his mistake. He tried to break open the bathroom door but he failed. He immediately escaped,” said a neighbour, who was one of the few to speak to the girl after the incident.
The police gauged the experience of the accused on basis of his modus operandi and the neighbours’ statements and picked up about 10 history sheeters by Monday evening for questioning.
“We have picked up a couple of suspects on the basis of their crime records and are questioning them,” said Vishwas Nangre Patil, additional commissioner of police (west).
In spite of being traumatised, the woman did not let the opportunity go in seeking help.
After she was rescued, the police got the woman’s medical test done immediately after her complaint. The reports have proved rape, strengthening the case against the accused. The police are hopeful of nabbing him soon.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai police department has termed it ‘unfair’ to conclude that the city is becoming unsafe for women. “It is a very unfortunate incident. However, drawing a conclusion that women are vulnerable here would be wrong,” said Himanshu Roy, joint commissioner of police (crime).
Roy added that the city has a reputation of being a safe place for women and one incident cannot change that.