Police hope sketch, DNA evidence aid search for sex assault suspect

Police hope a GBI sketch will help investigators track down a man who broke into a woman’s apartment and sexually assaulted her.

The attack took place May 31 at the Colonial Square Apartments on Old Hapeville Road in southwest Atlanta between 4 and 5 a.m., according to an Atlanta police incident report.

In a news conference Wednesday, Lt. Jeff Baxter said the suspect told the woman, who is in her mid-20s, that he was recently released from prison. He also may be homeless.

“We’re hoping to be able to match some DNA that he may have surrendered during his prison stay with the DNA that we collected at the scene,” Baxter said.

He also said there was no sign of forced entry into her home, so investigators believe she left her door unlocked. Baxter added that she is OK and is staying with a relative while the suspect remains on the loose.

“We want him off the streets as quickly as possible,” Baxter said. “We’ve increased patrols in the area.”

The victim told police the man was wearing a fitted red and white cap, a dark-colored shirt, jeans and red and white Nike shoes. The man has a tattoo on his left arm and is missing one or both front teeth, police said.

Police took the sketch door-to-door at the apartment complex in search of residents who may recognize the man, Channel 2 Action News reported. 

A cash reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and indictment in the case. Anyone who recognizes the suspect or knows his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 404-577-8477 or submit tips online at www.StopCrimeATL.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and still receive a reward in the case. 

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