A reward of $25,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of a serial rapist in Florida.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood announced Thursday that the Volusia Sheriff’s Office will pay a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of violent serial rape suspect Leslie Lagrotta, who is wanted in a series of sexual batteries in Orlando and Volusia County from 1988 to 1998.
Sheriff Chitwood joined Orlando Police Department Chief Orlando Rolón on Thursday afternoon to announce Lagrotta as the suspect in the decades-old rape cases, which occurred in Orlando in 1988 and 1989, in Volusia Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction in 1992, 1993, and 1998, and in the city of Daytona Beach in 1997.
DNA evidence and thorough police work linked Lagrotta to each attack.
“Pick up the phone, let us know where he’s at, so we can work with OPD and bring this scumbag to justice,” Sheriff Chitwood said in the news conference at Orlando Police Department headquarters on Thursday. “We owe it to these women.”
To contact VSO with information about Lagrotta, call 386-248-1777 or email ColdCaseUnitTips@vcso.us. Tipsters can also contact Orlando PD at 321-235-5300, call Central Florida Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477), or leave a tip online at crimeline.org.
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