- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 26, 2001

DALLAS — They call him the "biting bandit," a man whose bizarre advances have struck fear into public transportation takers here.
Female riders on the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system (DART) have been anxious for weeks as reports increase about a neatly dressed white man in his 30s or 40s who follows young women, grabs them and bites and licks their arms, then runs away.
"It's not a panic situation," said one caller to a local talk show last week, "but this friend of mine was bitten, and she has become so afraid, she insists I ride with her to work."
The 13 reports have been accumulating since March, with the same general description given by victims and the same modus operandi in each case. All incidents occurred in the city's central business district, usually right after a woman departed a DART train or bus. One was accosted in an elevator going to her office; another inside her office.
The arrest of a suspect about 10 days ago might solve the case. The man has not been charged.
DART spokesman Estela Hernandez said a DART officer arrested the suspect at the Park Lane station, close to the city's NorthPark shopping center about eight miles north of downtown and turned him over to Dallas police.
Dallas Police Department spokesman Janice Houston said Saturday the suspect was being held on a parole violation and had not yet been viewed by victims in a lineup.
Police refused to divulge his name or what had prompted the DART officer to detain him.
Police claim that though the man bites, it seldom is vicious enough to draw blood. Only once, a spokesman said, has a victim's skin been broken.
"But sometimes these things escalate," said one officer over the weekend. "Kissing today, biting tomorrow, then maybe something far more devious and dangerous. We're taking this very seriously."

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