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A friend of the 71-year-old sexual assault victim says she is terrified by what police say happened to her. (KTRK)

Conroe police say they are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a 71-year-old woman in her garage.

The attack happened Thursday night at the Arella Forest at Woodland apartment complex. This is a community for senior citizens off FM 1488.

"Extremely anxious," Conroe resident Linda Cunningham said. "I haven't lived here long, and there's been a couple of incidents, but this one really takes the cake."

Police say the man ran off after forcing himself on the woman.

The suspect is only described as a tall, skinny black male with a goatee. He was seen wearing a dark blue shirt and dark pants.

Cunningham is friends with the victim.

She said she'll never forget how the woman looked after the assault, or what she heard happen.

"She was in shock, and rightly so," Cunningham said. "He closed the garage door behind her and then the room was dark."

Arella Forest at Woodland apartment complex declined to give Eyewitness News a statement.

Residents said since the attack, there's been increased security.

"The police were here patrolling last night," Cunningham said. "They stayed through the night. We have patrol here now inside the building. I would really love for that to keep and stay."

If you have any information on the suspect, call Conroe Police Detective Minchew at 936-522-3329 or Conroe PD dispatchers at 936-522-3200.

Police said you can reference case #18040413 when giving your tips.
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