FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas -

Authorities are searching for a man who sexually assaulted a woman in the garage of her home in Fort Bend County.

On the afternoon of Dec. 20, 2013, Fort Bend County Sheriff's deputies say the victim arrived home in the Pheasant Creek area and pulled her vehicle into her attached garage. Soon after getting out of her vehicle, she told deputies a man accosted her in her garage. She said he sexually assaulted her, then threatened her if she called anyone.

After hearing the news, neighbors in the subdivision are shocked that something like this could happen where they live.

"It is crazy. I am here all of the time and this is not something you see in this neighborhood; it is a quiet neighborhood," said Mark Tillotta.

"Normally you are supposed to be on alert, and when you drive into your garage, you are supposed to press that button and get that garage door closed immediately, but the guy was already in the garage, so I don't know how you are supposed to guard against something like that," Jean Scott said.

Deputies Thursday released a sketch of the suspect and are seeking help in identifying the suspect in this case.

The victim described the suspect as possibly a white male, who appeared to be in his mid- to late-40s and was about 5 foot 9. He had a deep voice, an unshaven face and was stocky. He appeared to be wearing khaki pants and the victim could tell the suspect is a smoker.

While the incident happened on Dec. 20, the Sheriff's Office waited until three weeks later to alert the public. Many neighbors are wondering why. Investigators said they waited until the victim was ready to give a detailed description of the attack and the suspect.

Now residents are searching for new ways to keep their families safe.

“We just have to watch and make sure that there's not people watching you,” said Hayley Carnagey. “With your daily schedule maybe change your routine.”

All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. at (281) 342-TIPS (8477); or text FBCCS plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or submit online at  FortBend-TX-CrimeStoppers.org.

You could earn you up to a $5,000 cash reward.