Sketch released of suspect in two sexual assaults

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a light complexion, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, in his late teens to early twenties, and weight approximately 150 pounds. He has short curly brown hair and is clean cut. He was wearing a black baseball cap, sweat shirt, jeans or shorts. Both attacks occurred in the 9300 block of Townpark.

December 7, 2010 8:28:44 PM PST
A reward is being offered if you can help Houston police find a man they say is responsible for two sexual assaults in southwest Houston. Investigators have dubbed the attacker the "Townpark Rapist."

On Saturday, October 16 at around 1:30am, investigators say a female victim who was asleep in her apartment woke up when she heard a door open. She says she saw a Hispanic male by her bed holding a knife.

According to the victim, the suspect only spoke Spanish and told her to remove her pants or he would kill her. When she didn't comply, police say the suspect removed her pants himself and then sexually assaulted her.

Investigators believe he may have targeted that woman out of revenge because she had ignored him.

"He did make the comment on the first one that, 'You thought you were too good.' That's what makes her think that maybe he might have been the person in the parking lot that approached her a week or so prior to it," Houston Police Department Officer Pete Moreno said.

The suspect, who the victim said appeared to be intoxicated, fled through the front door.

On November 18 at around 2am, investigators say another female victim was asleep in her apartment on her sofa. She woke up when she heard a noise and when she went to go check it out, she says a Hispanic male who was hiding behind a bathroom door grabbed her and covered her mouth. He then reportedly took her to the sofa, where he sexually assaulted her.

The victim in the second case also said the man appeared to be intoxicated.

Both attacks occurred in the 9300 block of Townpark.

Lt. M. Waterwall with HPD said, "We're thinking that he's either someone who lives at that complex or frequents the area, maybe he's got friends or family that live there."

The attacks have left complex residents on edge.

"I know there's one neighbor that has a machete right by her door," complex resident Kathy Cantu said. "I don't go outside past dark by myself anymore."

The suspect is described as a Hispanic male with a light complexion, 5-foot-4 to 5-foot-6, in his late teens to early 20s, and weight approximately 150 pounds. He has short curly brown hair and is clean cut. He was wearing a black baseball cap, sweat shirt, jeans or shorts.

In both cases the suspect smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated, so detectives think alcohol gives him the courage to carry out the attacks. In the first case, the suspect used a pocket knife. The suspect may be riding a bike.

"I pray to God in the name of Jesus he's caught," resident Peaches Loud said.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for any information called in to 713-222-8477 or submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org that leads to the identification, charging or arrest of any felony suspect in this case. Tips can also be sent by text message - Text TIP610 plus your tip to CRIMES (274637). All tipsters remain anonymous.


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