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Suspect Identified, Wanted in Sexual Assault

September 8, 2006 -- Houston police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a suspect charged in the sexual assault of a child on September 17, 2005 at 913½ Bennington.

The suspect, identified as Mario Casarez (H/m, DOB: 2-1-76), is charged with aggavated sexual assault of a child in the 351st State District Court. He was identified through his distinctive tattoo on his chest, which is the word "ISIAH" across the entire upper portion of his torso. Click here for a photo of Casarez, who might have altered his appearance.

HPD Juvenile Division Officer J.T. Roscoe of the Sex Crimes Unit reported:

The 16-year-old victim was enticed by the suspect into a residence where Casarez dragged her into a room and repeatedly punched her face and body. Casarez strangled her and repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl. The victim escaped by jumping out of a bedroom window.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the suspect, Casarez, is urged to contact the HPD Juvenile Division at 713-731-5335 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

JGA/JFC 9-8-06

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