Suspect Sketch Vague, Say UNR Students

By: Auburn Hutton Email
By: Auburn Hutton Email

A composite sketch released by police Thursday has put fear in the faces of many UNR students. The sketch is of a suspected rapist that may be connected to the Brianna Denison abduction. Police have already used D-N-A to link two previous sexual assaults to the 19-year-old's disappearance, and this week another victim has come forward, saying she, too, was attacked.

A police artist sat down with the assault victim while she described what her attacker looked like, at least as much as she could remember. In this case, the attack took place three months ago.

Police say a UNR student told them she was sexually assaulted at gunpoint at this campus parking garage on October 22nd. There's no forensics evidence that links the assault to the Denison disappearance, or the other two attacks...but police say the victim's description had similarities.

Brianna's uncle, John Zunino says he's happy the victim finally came forward, but only wishes she would have sooner.

"If she had come forward first, they might have pieced together that it was a serial rapist. It might have been prevented," Zunino.

Since police still don't know exactly who the sketched suspect is, they can't rule out the possibility that there's more than one. The attacker linked to Brianna's disappearance is described as a white male, age 28 to 40. The most recent victim told police her attacker looked like this. UNR police officer Todd Renwick says composite sketches are nothing more than a best guess.

"Facial features, color of hair, hairlines, foreheads noticeable features that stand out. We want the public to know that these are renderings. They are not completely accurate. The suspect may look like night at day compared to the drawing, or similar, or dead-on. We don't know," said Renwick.

With such a vague description of the suspect, some UNR students say anyone and everyone is starting to look like the sketch drawing.

"I thought it was kind of crazy because it fits a lot of descriptions. A white, caucasian male between 5 foot 6 and 5 foot 10. It's really crazy. Do you fit that description? Yeah I do," said male UNR student Bon Davidson.

"It wasn't anything specific, like he had a huge tattoo or a really strange haircut, or he obviously stuck out at UNR. It makes you wonder if it's another student, a guy living around here, just anybody," said UNR student, Katrina Ferebee.

Police say they certainly don't want people to get what they call the "whodunit" syndrome. They say a lot of people could fit the suspect's description, but that doesn't automatically mean they are guilty. Instead, police want people to be alert, aware and of course, report any suspicious people or behavior


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