Volume 95, Issue 58

Wednesday, January 16, 2002
 
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Repeat sexual offender kills himself

By Erin Conway-Smith
Gazette Staff


DNA analysis has enabled police to posthumously identify a man responsible for three sexual assaults that occurred in London, Woodstock and Kitchener during the summers of 1999 and 2000.

Robert Krzyzewski, 56, a custodian at a Windsor high school, committed suicide last week, just a day after being contacted by a joint investigative team involving police in London, Waterloo and the Oxford region.

On Jan. 1, Oxford police received a tip from a Woodstock citizen regarding a suspicious male. The tip, which included the individual's license plate number, led to a telephone conversation between the investigative team and Krzyzewski where a meeting was arranged for Jan. 9.

Investigators arrived in Windsor on Jan. 9 and were informed Krzyzewski had committed suicide earlier that morning. A DNA sample obtained from Krzyzewski's body was sent for analysis at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

Police did not consider Krzyzewski a suspect until after the suicide and subsequent positive DNA match, said Rick Gillespie, superintendent of the London Police Department.

In addition to the assaults in Kitchener in July 1999, Woodstock in August 1999 and London in July 2000, a fourth assault, which occurred in London in 1992, was also linked to Krzyzewski through behaviour analysis and other corroborating evidence.

"We hope this will help the victims and the community feel safe, knowing this suspect will not attack again," Gillespie said.

Victims can feel a sense of relief and absoluteness due to the positive DNA comparison, he added.


Krzyzewski

Gillespie said it is unfortunate police will not be able to talk with Krzyzewski and gather information about the mindset of a sexual predator.

During the course of the investigation, the Task Force Vigilance responded to 905 tips from the public, investigated over 1,700 persons and obtained 891 DNA samples.

"The citizens of London I'm sure will rest easier tonight," said Joe Swan, a controller for the city of London. "It's through the involvement of citizens that tips are received – this shows that it works."

"It brings relief to students to know that the person responsible for these crimes is no longer around," said Sera Vavala, University Students' Council VP-campus issues.

"Personal safety on campus, especially for women, will always be a concern," she added.

Police are asking the public for assistance in investigating past movements of Krzyzewski, to determine if he is responsible for any other similar offenses.




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