DNA links 4th sexual assault case to man accused in 3 others at The Woodlands apartment complex

By Cory McCord - Digital News Editor , Sophia Beausoleil - Reporter

THE WOODLANDS, Texas - The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of a man they believe is tied to four sexual assaults cases.

Three of the sexual assaults were reported at the Trailpoints Apartment complex in the 2300 block of South Millbend Drive. A December 2013 assault was linked through DNA.

Around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, a deputy responded to a sexual-assault report at the complex.

A 32-year-old woman awoke to a man standing near the foot of her bed with her pants partially removed. The woman screamed and chased the man out of the apartment through a sliding glass door, authorities said.

The man is described as Hispanic, in his mid-20s to early 30s with a thin build. He is about 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He was wearing dark clothing. He also has an accent, authorities said.

Based on the information from this assault, two others on Sept. 16 and Oct. 13 and another in December 2013, authorities believe the four incidents are related.

During each attack, the man entered the apartment through an unlocked door or window in the early-morning hours.

The 2013 attack happened at an address off of Highway 242 in Conroe, authorities said.

The case is being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office Homicide/Violent Crimes Unit. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office 936-760-5876 or Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-STOP (7867).

"We're from Houston, so we've lived around things like this a lot, but we moved here for a better safer area, so to find out that this happened yet again for a third time it's really frightening,” explained Linzy Woods who has lived at the complex for five years.

She said her family is looking to move after this recent incident.

The Trailpoint Apartments referred KPRC to the sheriff’s office, but a resident sent Channel 2 the email it sent residents:

"Dear Residents:

"Trailpoint at the Woodlands has been informed of an assault that took place May 17, 2017.  The Community Staff is working in full cooperation with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office and we do not have any further information at this time.  If you have any information related to this or similar incidents, please contact the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office 936-760-5876.

"We can all help fight crime with these tips:
* Call 911 if you see any unlawful activity.
* Be sure to lock all doors and windows when away from home and at night.
* Get to know your neighbors and watch for suspicious activity around the property.
* Report any suspicious activity to the police and/or the management office.
* Be aware of your surroundings while outdoors or walking to and from your apartment.
* Refrain from talking on your cell phone while entering and exiting your apartment or while outdoors, as this can distract you noticing activity around you.
* Remember to lock your car doors.
* Never leave your keys under the doormat or other obvious place.
* Never leave valuables visible in your vehicle.
* Park in well-lit areas.
* Make sure your renters insurance is current.
* Please review your lease for specific security related provisions.

"While crime knows no address, we can all work to make our community the best that it can be.

"Sincerely,

"Trailpoint at the Woodlands Management Team"

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