HOUSTON - Police are hoping a sketch of a suspect will help them identify the man wanted in at least three sexual assaults in southeast Houston.
Houston police describe the suspect as a black man in his late 20s. He is about 6 feet tall, with a medium build and a medium complexion. He has a "wide" smile and a fade-style haircut.
Authorities said the incidents occurred on the following dates and times:
- May 24 - 2:15 a.m.
- May 31- 11:10 p.m.
- July 3 - 3:50 a.m.
According to police, the suspect was driving a white, newer model four-door vehicle with light tint on the windows and a dark interior for each incident. He picked up the victims and drove them to a vacant residence where he physically and sexually assaulted them.
Investigators said in the most recent incident, on July 3, the female victim was walking in the area of Yellowstone and Martin Luther King Boulevard when the suspect drove up next to her and asked if she wanted a ride.
Police said the suspect managed to talk the victim into accepting the ride and then drove her to a vacant residence in the 5900 block of Southtown. The suspect then forced the victim out of the car and took her to the back of the house where he physically and sexually assaulted her. The suspect took the victim's purse. Officials said the victim struggled with the man, but was able to escape.
Tangella Ruckett lives a few feet away from the abandoned house, and now worries the suspect will come back again.
"It's really scary to know that somebody like that is next door to where I live," said Ruckett.
With the suspect still at large, many women in the Southeast Houston area are living in fear.
"It's really terrifying," said resident Shirley Van Buren. "I'll keep an eye out, definitely."
Tangelia Ruckett's home stands just a few feet away from the vacant Southtown house. Ruckett now worries the man could come back to her neighborhood again.
"It's really scary to know that somebody like that is next door to where I live," said Ruckett. "Hopefully I don't run into him."
Police said all of the victims have been African-American women in their early to mid-30's.
If you have information on these cases or can identify the wanted suspect, please call the HPD Special Crimes Division at 713-308-1100 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.
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