Sketch released of suspect in sexual assault in SW Houston

December 15, 2011 3:16:34 PM PST
The search is on for man wanted for violently assaulting a woman. Investigators are making a sketch of the attacker public in hopes someone can help police find him.

That woman was snatched from a southwest Houston street and sexually assaulted before escaping and finding help. Now, nearly two weeks after the attack, police are asking for help to track him down and to find out if he's attacked before.

The alleged attack happened at around 6:30am on December 4. Police say the victim, a 54-year-old Hispanic woman, was walking along South Gessner near Harwin on her routine morning walk when a suspect in an SUV approached her.

The victim says the suspect was polite at first, asking her how she was doing and if she needed a ride. He then reportedly pulled her into his vehicle, drove her to a nearby vacant parking lot near South Gessner and Bellaire and brutally raped her inside his vehicle in broad daylight.

"As far as the sexual assault, it was very violent and very degrading," said Jennifer Kennedy with the Houston Police Department. "It lasted about 15 minutes and when she was able to get free and out of the vehicle, she ran to an apartment complex and just started knocking on doors. Somebody gave her a cell phone and she called for an ambulance."

The victim is out of ICU, but police say she has severe physical injuries. HPD says they have performed a rape kit on the victim and that her case is now labeled high priority.

The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic male between 30 and 40 years old, standing 5-foot-9 with an average build and muscular legs. The suspect has black or brown hair and brown eyes.

The SUV he was driving is said to possibly be either a Ford Bronco or Chevy Tahoe. It's maroon with a maroon interior.

At this point, it's unknown if the suspect is linked to any other crimes. Anyone with information about this case or any possible related cases is urged to contact the HPD Sex Crimes Unit at 713-308-1180 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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