Alleged victim scares off attacker with prayer

HOUSTON

The attack happened in the early morning hours of September 26 in the Grand Mission subdivision of Fort Bend County. The woman's attacker was very young -- just a teenager.

On their nightly walk, the Gonzales family never thinks about crime, especially the type that happened last week just down the street.

"It's always quiet around here," Julio Gonzales said.

According to the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office, a woman who lives on Rustic Chase near Stone Leaf had just left the shower and walked into the scare of her life.

"She walked out into her living room and there's this guy standing there," said Bob Haenel with the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office.

She told investigators he grabbed her, tried to sexually assault her, and when he kept her from her phone, she started praying loudly. It worked.

"The guy got up and left," Haenel said.

And he got away. The woman's subdivision is near Harlem and The Westpark Tollway so it is easily accessible. Investigators hope someone recognizes him and tips them off.

Neighbors were surprised when we told about the crime.

"It was on this street?" one neighbor said.

It now has the Gonzales' rethinking their nightly walk and pondering the power of prayer.

"Can't hurt, it can only help," Gonzales said.

The victim wasn't physically harmed.

The suspect is said to have a slim build and has afro-like hair that's long, dark and curly. He is about 5-foot-7 and may be between the ages of 16 and 18.

Anyone with information regarding his identity is encouraged to contact Detective Tommy Thompson of the Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office Special Crimes Unit at 281-341-3863 or the Sheriff's Office Dispatch at 281-341-4665.

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