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Composite Released of Rape Suspect Posing As Maintenance Man

April 20, 2005 -- Investigators in the Houston Police Department Juvenile Division have released a composite sketch of a suspect who sexually assaulted a teenage girl in her apartment at 1855 Wirt Road about 2 p.m. on April 4.

The suspect gained entry to the apartment by claiming to be a maintenance worker. He was described as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighed about 140 pounds. The suspect has a distinguished tattoo on his upper right arm of a bull, and various symbols under the tattoo. He was wearing a silver necklace with a large crown outlined in diamonds on the bottom of the necklace.

Click here for composite sketch of suspect.
Click here for sketch of suspect's tattoo.

Officer A. Valdez of the HPD Juvenile Division Sex Crimes Unit reported:

The victim, 16, answered a knock at her apartment door and was told by the man at the door he was “maintenance.” When the girl opened the door, the suspect hit her in the stomach with his elbow. The girl was then pushed to a bed in the living room where the suspect sexually assaulted her. The suspect then fled on foot. The victim immediately called her grandmother and advised her she was in pain and worried about her pregnancy. The victim told investigators she is six months pregnant. The girl was transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital.

Though this is the only known case involving this suspect’s description and method of operation, investigators said there is a possibility other victims might have failed to report such an incident to police in fear of their immigration status. Anyone who might have been victimized is urged to contact the HPD Juvenile Sex Crimes Unit at 713-731-5335.

Those with information on the suspect in this case are urged to contact the Juvenile Division or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.