BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches Sheriff's Office has released a composite drawing which describes a man suspected in last week's abduction and rape.
Sheriff Thomas Kerss also released an updated description:
The suspect is believed to be a white male with a fair or light complexion and strawberry blonde or sandy brown eyebrows and hair, with light gray tips around the edges.
The hair is believed to have been cut short on the sides, but slightly longer in the back (less than collar length but enough to protrude beneath the back of a cap).
The suspect's eye color is light (possibly a light blue or green).
The suspect may be slightly taller than first reported (5' 8" – 5'-10") and he may be heavier set than originally reported, with a pudgy mid-section.
The suspect is believed to have a deep, raspy sounding voice with an angry or gruff tone. At the time, the suspect had a heavy cough that resembled a "smoker's cough".
The dress and general appearance of the suspect indicated that the individual was most likely employed as a "blue collar" type laborer, if employed.
The suspect's vehicle is believed to have been a dark colored Dodge PU, probably ranging between a 1994-2001 year model.
The vehicle was either a single cab or extended cab PU with a standard transmission and gasoline engine.
The vehicle had a straight bench seat and the seat cover was either vinyl or leather.
Anyone with information about the suspect should call the sheriff's office at 936-560-7777.
Sheriff's deputies, with help from neighboring law enforcement agencies, have been canvassing the area in hopes of locating a suspect. During the search, deputies managed to arrest a fugitive with an outstanding federal warrant for sexual assault.
"Being able to focus on that eye and nose bridge area, the eyebrows, that type of thing, may cause someone to recognize an individual," Kerss said.
The updated description is shared by deputies with residents living around Red Flat, Nat and Cushing where the crime is believed to have taken place. Some are prepared more than others for the unwanted guest.
"I ain't gonna ask no questions," area resident Bo Lofton said. "I'm gonna kill him right there."
"We're getting a lot of leads everyday and we're trying to get out there and follow up on everyone we get, see where it takes us," sheriff's investigator Danny Kitchens said.
In small communities like Nat the residents may not know everybody around them, but they do have a keen sense of awareness. More than that, they're willing to look out for one another.
"I'll keep an eye out on him," Lofton said. "I hope he comes up here to visit me."