Relieved but weary Valley police know their job is only half over — another menace is still on the loose. Sunday marks the first anniversary of the Baseline Killer’s initial attack, the sexual assault of two teenagers in south Phoenix.
Since then, authorities say he is responsible for six homicides and 14 other rapes and robberies.
The Baseline Killer is almost as prolific and just as dangerous as those in the Serial Shooter attacks. The two men arrested Friday in Mesa are accused of six slayings and 36 shootings since May 2005.
Law enforcement agencies from across the Valley committed scores of investigators toward ending these two crime waves. Their attention soon will focus solely on the Baseline Killer.
“Now we’ll have 250 officers on that investigation,” said Phoenix assistant police chief Kevin Robinson.
At Arizona State University, news of the Baseline Killer and Serial Shooter had boosted requests for personal safety courses, Cmdr. Jim Hardina said Friday.
ASU offers free courses to students and others in the community.
With the Baseline Killer still at large, police will pass out fliers with information about the case when students return to classes later this month. They’ll also meet with any groups that request information about safety and self-defense.
The Baseline Killer is described as a dark-skinned male, 25 to 30 years old, 5-foot-10, 170 pounds with a thin to medium build. He styles his hair in various ways, wears a long-sleeved shirt and different types of hats, including ball caps, possibly turned backward, or a beanie-type cap.
Anyone with information regarding the Baseline Killer or the attacks is asked to call (480)-948-6377 or (800) 343-8477.