Manhunt launched after rapist forces way into woman’s home

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Police have launched a major manhunt after a woman was raped by a man who held a knife to her face in her own home.
The attacker, who is said to have been completely unknown to the victim, broke into the 22-year-old woman’s home in Manchester.
He then held a knife against her face and told her to hand over all the money she had in her house before he raped her.
Police are now appealing for help to catch the man responsible for what they described as a “brutal and terrifying rape”.
Detective Inspector Carl Gilbert, of Greater Manchester police said: “This is an absolutely shocking incident and one that is sure to cause much concern to anybody who hears about what has happened. We have increased patrols to provide reassurance to the local community and carry out further enquiries.
“This man forced his way into the address and subjected his victim to a brutal and terrifying rape. We have a team of specially trained officers working to investigate, and [they are] providing her with support at this difficult time.
“The attacker was completely unknown to the woman and I would ask the people of Old Trafford to please contact the investigation team if they believe they may have seen anything suspicious yesterday evening or in the hours following the rape.”
The rapist is said to be white, in either his 20s or 30s and of medium build with dark hair. The victim was able to tell officers that he spoke to her with a local Manchester accent and that he was wearing a dark hoody and tracksuit bottoms.
This latest incident follows two rapes in Manchester city centre in two weeks.
Police stepped up patrols following the two rapes, which happened on the street. One woman, aged 24, was assaulted in Wood Street before she managed to escape and seek help.
An earlier rape involved an 18-year-old woman who was attacked near to Minshull Street Crown Court. The teenager was pinned down and raped by a man, who was assisted by two women.
Officers said they were not linking those two rapes, but they did bring extra foot patrols into the city centre, and they warned women to take extra care. So far, it is not clear whether this latest rape was linked to either of the earlier two attacks.

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