‘Pillowcase rapist’ faces new charges in Broward

FORT LAUDERDALE – Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony held a information convention Tuesday morning to announce formal charges in opposition to Robert Koehler, often known as the Pillowcase Rapist, for crimes he’s accused of committing in the county in the Eighties. 

Sheriff Tony stated they’ve recognized and charged Koehler with six sexual assault circumstances in Broward County. Koehler is at the moment in custody in Miami-Dade County on comparable charges.

“In June 1984, a woman living in an apartment in Pompano Beach endured a sudden, cruel and violent attack in the sanctity of her home. She was brutally raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment. After decades of wondering if the man who violated her would face justice,” stated BSO.  

Authorities credit score Cold Case Unit Sergeant Kami Floyd, who started digging by 1000’s of sexual assault circumstances from that decade. 

“She found the aforementioned case from Pompano Beach, which led to several other criminal cases in BSO jurisdictions. Sgt. Floyd’s timing was serendipitous. Around the same time, prosecutors in Miami-Dade announced the arrest of Koehler for a sex crime in that county. Following that arrest, Sgt. Floyd got a search warrant for Koehler’s DNA and subsequent testing done by BSO’s Crime Lab found that his DNA matched the evidence in BSO’s cases.” 

Koehler shall be dropped at Broward to face the charges in opposition to him, as soon as the circumstances in opposition to him in Miami-Dade are adjudicated. 

Authorities stated, “The investigation shows that Koehler carried out his attacks with diabolical precision. On at least eight occasions in 1984 and 1985, detectives believe Koehler snuck into homes in Broward County late at night or in the wee hours of the morning through unlocked doors and attacked his victims while they slept or prepared for bed. He sometimes covered the heads of his victims or his own head, sometimes with pillowcases, and threatened to kill them or their family members before raping and robbing them. The cases received extensive media attention when they occurred and a task force of law enforcement across South Florida was created to investigate the crimes. However, despite intensive work by detectives at the time of the attacks, the trail of the Pillowcase Rapist went cold. Technological advances in DNA testing and relentless work by detectives led to the identification of Koehler as the attacker.” 

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