A woman in Oakland, California, was at home when she heard a loud noise in the hallway. As she walked through her house to find out what had made the sound, she saw a man in her hallway. The woman then managed to capture 13 seconds of video footage of the man, who was carrying a box of stolen electronics. She asked the man to leave, which he did, briefly. What the video doesn’t show is the man returning, and sexually assaulting the woman.
Although the violence wasn’t captured on video, the police hope to identify the rapist from the cell phone footage. According to Oakland police department spokeswoman Holly Joshi, the woman was “very much behind the release of this video. She wants justice.”
In the video, according to Joshi, “[the alleged rapist] mumbles something like OK, bye. But what we do know is that the suspect did not leave after that. He did stay. And he did sexually assault the victim.”
Although it may still be difficult to track down and identify the rapist, this video may go a long way in so doing. And although there have been recent questions about the merits of new media, in the wake of the Anthony Weiner scandal, this is a reminder that new technologies can sometimes make a huge difference.
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