New details on sexual assault of child

March 19, 2009 4:13:49 PM PDT
We're learning more about an investigation into an abduction and sexual assault of a child. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

The teen was forced into a car back in November at Beechnut near Wilcrest. She was eventually released at the same location. After four long months, police are finally giving out information about the case, trying to track down leads.

HPD prioritizes juvenile sex crimes based on the overall threat to the general public. Cases involving small children and strangers typically get the highest priority. Leads in this particular case are drying up so investigators are now looking to the public for help.

Four months ago, a 16-year-old girl claimed she was forced into a car at the 11,300 block of Beechnut, taken to a nearby apartment complex, sexually assaulted and then let go.

"That's something to think about," said neighbor Tanya Whitely. "I'm kind of scared now."

Whitley, who lives across the street from where the alleged abduction took place, had no idea what happened until we told her, even though it was a few months ago.

"I have teenage daughters, you know, 18, 19, and 16, so there's a concern for me, being a parent," she said.

While a formal investigation was launched December 1, 2008, it wasn't until Wednesday, four months after the initial complaint was made, that Houston police released a suspect composite sketch to the public.

"I live here and I don't know what's going on," said Whitley. "You caught me by surprise today, seriously."

HPD says, "The sketch wasn't released until now because we were working some pretty solid leads. Those leads have been exhausted so now we need the public's help."

Whitley says this latest alert certainly warrants a serious discussion with her daughters.

"Just have to be more careful about the surroundings and what they do from now on," she said. "You know, especially since you told me this, I don't really know what to say or think right now."

Authorities say the suspect is between 18 to 19 years of age and weighs between 160 to 165 pounds. He was driving a green Cadillac, which had a dent in the back passenger side door.

If you have any information, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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