Sketch released of suspect in brazen Gwinnett sexual assault

Gwinnett County police released Wednesday a sketch of the suspect in a brazen sexual assault.

At about 10:20 a.m. Saturday, a woman who lives in Lawrenceville's Twin Branches subdivision was attacked in a shed in her own backyard. The assailant was waiting for her when she entered the shed, police said, and tied her hands together before sexually assaulting her and fleeing the scene.

The woman was able to free herself and run inside her home to get help. Authorities responded to the scene but did not locate the suspect.

Police have now released a sketch of the suspect showing an Hispanic male in his mid-30s or early 40s with a stocky build. The sketch shows him wearing a large pair of glasses, and police have said he was wearing a polo-style shirt, blue jeans and a red ball cap during the attack.

Anyone who encounters someone matching the description is asked to call 911. Those with information on the suspect are also urged to contact Gwinnett County police at 770-513-5300 or Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-TIPS.

Gwinnett County police spokesman Cpl. Deon Washington said special victims detectives planned to attend a Wednesday night meeting held by Twin Branches community members in order to re-canvass the neighborhood and speak with additional witnesses.