Sketch released of suspect in robberies, sex assaults

December 21, 2009 3:57:05 PM PST
Police are looking for two men who have terrorized people in two separate home invasions during the same week. One of them goes for the money while the other sexually assaults the women. Houston police have released a sketch of the man they are looking for in the sexual assault of two women and the fondling of a third during a pair of violent robberies in the Spring Branch area. Jasmin Tovar lives at the apartment complexes where the most recent victim lived, and she is concerned.

She said, "Because I have two kids. I have a three-year-old and a son that's one month."

Police say the rapist is a Hispanic male in his 20's or 30's, 5'10", with a thin build and acne scars. He commits his crimes with one partner. That man was caught on camera using a victim's ATM card. Police say the two break into apartments, and tie up any men who are inside.

Officer Diane Gonzales with the HPD Robbery Division explained, "The suspects are by the stairwell or when the complainants open the door, the suspects force their way in at gunpoint."

They first struck at the Brompton Court apartment complex on November 28 at 11:30pm. Armed with semiautomatic handguns, the pair forced their way inside and tied up two men with shoe laces, stole cash and demanded credit cards, ATM cards and PIN numbers. While one man went to retrieve cash from a victim's bank account, the other stayed behind, sexually assaulting one woman and fondling a second. At the time, one victim's five-year-old child was present.

"Whether there are kids involved or several individuals, I think that speaks that they are very, very dangerous individuals and that they will continue unless we put a stop to it," said Investigator Pedro Moreno with the HPD Sex Crimes Unit.

The second incident happened at apartments on Upland on December 2. In a similar attack, the pair tied up a male victim, and while one man went to use his ATM card, the other sexually assaulted the female resident.

The men have Honduran accents, according to the victims, and threatened to kill them if they did not cooperate.

Anyone with information on one or both of these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.


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