Sketch of suspect in west Houston sexual assault released


Police say they desperately want to get the guy off the streets before he attacks another woman. Investigators believe the sketch is a good image of the unknown man who attacked and raped a 67-year-old woman on Wallingford near Westheimer and Beltway 8 in an attack on May 14.

Police say the victim, who is a grandmother, was home alone when she heard a knock on her door, and answered it, thinking it was someone she knew. The man pushed his way inside the home and began hitting the woman on the head. He told her he had a gun and then sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 30s. He's about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a slim build and muscular shoulders, a thin moustache and a goatee. He wore plaid green shorts, a black T-shirt, a blue do-rag and carried a green backpack.

Sr. Officer Darcus Shorten with the Houston Police Department said, "One of the most distinctive things that he had, he had this green backpack, and for a guy that's in his 30s, that's a little bit strange. So we're hoping and pleading with the public that we can try to find this guy."

Investigators believe the suspect may live in the apartment complex or nearby.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Houston Police Department Special Crimes Division at 713-308-1180 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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