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Police: Wooded Rapist Stalked Victims


NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For the last 14 years, women across Middle Tennessee have feared the so-called wooded rapist, a man who hid in wooded areas before his attacks.

Earlier this year, Metro police arrested Jason Burdick for allegedly raping women in three counties.

Court documents filed this week indicate he stalked his victims before he attacked and told them information about their families during the attacks.

Police also said he tied up his victims with plastic ties or duct tape and taped their eyes.

Police stopped him in April after someone reported seeing a suspicious person in their neighborhood. Burdick told an officer he had been at a party down the street and that's why his car was there.

The vehicle was parked in front of a home and Burdick, dressed in dark clothing, was walking back to the car when police stopped him.

Police called the resident who said she didn't know Burdick and that she did not have a party that night.

That's when police started watching him.

Court documents showed the so-called wooded rapist "conducted some type of pre-surveillance" or stalked his victims and their homes.

During the attacks he "made statements regarding family members" that showed he staked out his locations well in advance.  In each attack, he had "a gun or knife", "wore gloves", "bound his victims with plastic ties and or duct tape" and covered their eyes with duct tape.

He remains in jail and faces multiple charges. 

His attorney has filed a motion to throw out all of the evidence relating to the police's initial stop of Burdick. The defense believes there was not enough probable cause to stop Burdick that night or to conclude that he could be the wooded rapist.  However, the police stop occurred two blocks away from a 2004 rape that police have linked to Burdick.

Police reports indicate DNA obtained from eight victims matched the same suspect. 

Police in Florida arrested Burdick in 1988 for grand larceny so his fingerprints are on file. It's not clear whether that will be part of the case or not.

Since his arrest, his parents and a woman police identified as his girlfriend have regularly visited him. He was with her at the time of the arrest. His trial is set for April. 

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