Payne Rape Case
A St. Paul teen was arrested in Wisonsin in connectino with a New Year's Day assault that was an ongoing process for police for a long time. Joshua L. Smith who is 16-years-old sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in his him in September. The investegations have been going for a while and police finally found the person who matches the victim's clothes DNA. Smith was arrested Thursday in Racine Wisc, where he was staying with relatives. Another assualt that Joshua made was with a 13-year-old girl one week later after the first assualt.
Howie Padilla from the Star Tribune said that police have said that two men were responsible for the rapes because the DNA did not match with the 13-year-old girl. I think that Padilla should have emphasized that in his article. The lead suggests that the rappist is found--the rappist from Payne St on St. Paul's East Side. Padilla also interviews Smith's mother and says that the mother has been crying for a whole month. I think that Padilla did a great job of keeping the article in balance. If possible I would have gotton more information on the community at large. Such as, how has the recent rappings influenced people in the community to act? Padilla only touches briefly on that idea. It's not about getting together and discussing the rappings, but how is the community going to take action in the rapping cases?