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South Afrocoon serial rapist being sought by FeeBees (http://www.dailypress.com/news/dp-now-fbiwarrant.d4,0,1699303.story?coll=sns-newsnation-headlines)

FBI tries to help local police find serial rape suspect
DNA evidence links several attacks; suspect is believed to be in South Africa

VIRGINIA BEACH - The FBI has joined in the hunt for a man suspected of being a serial rapist in Virginia Beach.

Lesiba Simon Matsoake, 33, is wanted in Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks as a suspect in a series of sexual attacks. The most recent warrants for his arrest in Virginia Beach were filed in September, charging him with forcible sodomy, sexual assault and abduction.

Last week, the FBI issued a fugitive warrant for Matsoake.

According to the affidavit submitted by FBI special agent K.A. Wright, Matsoake is suspected in a 2003 rape in Kill Devil Hills, N.C., and two sexual assaults and an abduction in Virginia Beach between Feb. 2004 and Dec. 2006. The crimes are all linked by DNA evidence, and Wright said that Matsoake's wife told police in Kill Devil Hills that her husband had "told her in detail about two rapes he had committed in Kill Devil Hills and elsewhere in North Carolina."

Wright said that Matosake's wife had informed police that her husband had fled the country for South Africa, where he lived before moving to the United States. She said she had told her husband that he was wanted by police because she did not want him to come back, and she said he had contacted her "several times by telephone" from South Africa.

Phil Mann, chief division counsel for the FBI's Norfolk office, said the warrant was a way for the bureau to help local officials bring Matsoake in.

"This is where the FBI files a warrant to assist in trying to capture somebody who has committed a local felony," Mann said. "His crime is non-federal, but if it's a serious offense, as this is, we can issue a federal warrant based on a belief that he may have crossed state lines."


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10-26-2016, 01:47 PM

Man convicted in third sexual assault case; jury recommends 40 years
Published: October 26, 2016, 4:06 pm


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — After a two-day jury trial, a man was found guilty Wednesday of a Virginia Beach sexual assault that happened over a decade ago.

42-year-old Lesiba Simon Matsoake was convicted of forcible sodomy. The jury fixed his punishment at 40 years in prison.

Prosecutors say on June 11, 2004, Matsoake forced a 22-year-old woman, who he didn’t know, to perform oral sodomy on him. The victim, an aspiring comedian, was at the Oceanfront that night celebrating her first gig. After having a few drinks, she went to 63rd Street and decided to skinny dip in the ocean. It was in the middle of the night, and the victim thought the area was deserted and no one was around. Suddenly, she saw a naked man, later identified as Matsoake, walking toward her.

Matsoake forced the victim to the ground. Waves crashed over her head as she struggled against him. Fearing for her life, the victim begged Matsoake to move up the beach and out of the water. Matsoake sexually assaulted her and then ran away.

The victim got into her car right away and drove to the police station. On the way, she saw an officer on the side of the road and flagged him down. She told him she had been sexually assaulted. She was able to preserve seminal fluid left behind by her attacker and forensics technicians collected it. The DNA evidence was submitted to the Department of Forensic Science to see if a suspect could be identified. Ultimately, Matsoake was determined to be a match.

10 On Your Side’s Jason Marks spoke with the victim of this assault, who said she waited 12 years for this day. When the verdict was read, she could be heard sobbing in the courtroom. She now works as an advocate for other sexual assault victims.

Matsoake is currently serving a 20 to 25 year prison sentence for a rape in North Carolina. The date of that offense was June 10, 2003.

In 2007, Matsoake’s wife told police that he had confessed to some sexual assaults in North Carolina. When officers came to question him, they found out he had fled to his native country of South Africa. He was extradited back to the U.S. in 2012 and remained in custody in North Carolina pending his trial there.

In June, a jury also found Matsoake guilty of forcible sodomy in connection to a December 10, 2006 assault. That jury recommended life in prison. Matsoake will be formally sentenced on December 14.