LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Morgan Thomas - email
LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - The Angelina County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of the suspect in the sexual assault which allegedly took place in the Pollok area on Aug. 11.
The suspect is described as having salt and pepper hair, beard and eyebrows, brown eyes, a slender build and six feet tall and 160 pounds.
The sheriff's office began investigating Aug. 11 after a juvenile girl reported she was sexually assaulted while walking her dog on Aldredge Circle. Cooper said the girl managed to get away from her attacker and call 911 from home.
The Angelina County Sheriff's Office is banking on the sketch to jog someone's memory of the morning a Pollok girl says she was raped.
"Us not knowing exactly what this guy looks like and needing some kind of idea to get to the public," Lt. Pete Cooper said.
A sketch artist with the Texas Rangers division of DPS is now helping investigators put a face with the crime.
"She did an interview with the victim and started from scratch to get this sketch out as soon as possible," Cooper said.
The artist used important cues from the girl to map-out the face of someone believed to be capable of sexual assault.
His victim was walking her dog early that morning.
"If they see someone in that area prior to this or see someone in that area now be sure to give us a call so we can check out a lead in this case," Cooper said.
There have been so few leads, because it was early in the morning. Neighbors have told investigators they just didn't see anything. Stacey Martin says she hasn't slept since hearing about the rape.
"I don't want it to happen to any more little girls, little boys," Martin said. "No kids."
She sits on her porch watching the neighborhood and waiting for an arrest.
"Because you don't know what's out here," Martin said. "You don't know who it was. It could be the people on Aldredge Circle it could be somebody around the corner."
Cooper and his investigators are focused on one thing: getting the man off the streets. They say they'll stop at nothing to protect the community from this type of threat.
"Give us something to act on, and go look at," Cooper said.
This sketch of a middle-aged white man may be the only hope of finding a suspected rapist.