Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Police hope sketch leads to identity of suspect in violent sexual assault

CAYCE, SC (WIS) - The Cayce Department of Public Safety is seeking assistance in identifying a suspect pictured in the sketch to the right.

Now investigators from several surrounding agencies have now joined cayce police in the search for the rapist.

SLED, Lexington County deputies and City of Lexington police have all joined the search. They are combing the scene where the attacker was last seen.

Investigators are searching through dumpsters hoping to find a soiled yellow shirt they believe the suspect was wearing during the incident.

Authorities believe that shirt may contain dna evidence that could help identify the suspect.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, 5'5" to 5'7" tall, weighing approximately 150 to 165lbs and could be between the ages of 27 and 35.

The 22-year-old victim says he spoke to her in broken English.

She was walking home from work on Knox Abbott Drive sometime after 2:00am Friday. That's when a Checker Yellow Cab pulled up and a man got out.

"I don't know whether she saw the cab stop and him get out or not. But he came across the street after getting out of the cab, asking for money," says Cayce Lieutenant Simmons.

When the woman tried to call her father, this complete stranger grabbed her phone, smashed it and began punching her in the face, again and again.

The victim blacked out, but recalls being dragged by her feet down the sidewalk and into thorns and heavy underbrush in a vacant lot.

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