Investigators release sketch of suspect wanted in brutal rape of young girl in Cypress area

Investigators have released this sketch of the suspect wanted in the brutal rape of a young girl on February 5 in the Cypress area.

February 12, 2013 8:16:09 PM PST
Investigators have released a sketch of the suspect wanted in the brutal rape of a young girl last week in northwest Harris County.

Balloons, teddy bears and cards -- caring gestures that now hang next to old crime scene tape. The spot along 16600 block of Spring Cypress Road marks the brutal rape last week. The 16-year-old's attacker still at large.

Sam Baba believes he saw him.

"He just snapped, just looked at me and then he just put his face down and go all the way to the restroom," Baba said.

Baba helped Harris County detectives come up with a composite sketch. He says around 11:30pm on February 5, the man walked into the convenience store where he works. He seemed agitated and walked straight to the restroom where he changed.

"When he come over here he had a gray T-shirt on, and then when he left, he had a white muscular inner shirt," Baba said.

Baba says the man left the restroom bloody and left behind perhaps a key piece of evidence. Investigators found the T-shirt in the trash can.

They say the girl was walking along Spring Cypress around 11pm that same night when the man grabbed her from behind, dragged her into a field, raped her and then hit her several times in the head with a blunt object. She managed to stumble to a nearby movie theater for help.

Add to that a second sexual assault three days later near Cypress Rosehill and Highway 290, during which a woman was attacked in her garage, and residents here are uneasy.

"Just so scary pretty because it's quiet over here. We usually don't hear of that kind of thing," concerned resident Tahlie Baity said.

While Baba is hopeful what he saw helps.

"Hopefully they going to get him," he said.

Right now, authorities don't believe the two sex assaults are related.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late teens or early 20s. He is about 5 foot 8 with a thin but muscular build and was wearing dark-colored clothing at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS (8477).

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