Latest on Recent Sexual Assault Case

By: Auburn Hutton Email
By: Auburn Hutton Email

Reno police are investigating a sexual assault, kidnapping and robbery that took place this past weekend. It happened on the 900 block of South Meadows Parkway, inside the victim's home.

Shortly after the assault took place, the suspect drove the victim several miles through town and robbed her. Wearing a mask, he drove his victim's car from her home in South Meadows, all the way to the "Bank of the West" branch on the corner of Kietzke and South McCarran. He then forced her to withdraw money from an ATM before driving her back home.

Police are holding back details of the assault, so as not to disrupt their investigation. They won't say how the intruder got into the woman's home on South Meadows...or even which home it was. They aren't releasing the victim's age, or any details about what happened to her Saturday morning. Even the suspect description is vague.

"Certainly someone who is very violent and wants to put his power over women," said Lt. Bob McDonald of the Reno Police Department.

Police say the investigation is sensitive, partly because detectives believe the same masked man may have committed a similar crime nearly a year-and-a-half ago. Details match those of another unsolved assault that took place in November of 2006. Police couldn't tell us exactly what linked the two cases, only that what happened inside the home on Saturday was eerily familiar.

"We don't see a lot of entry into homes and when we do, it's serious. It concerns us as law enforcement and I am sure as well for the community. You want to feel safe in your own home,' said McDonald.

And many people have not felt safe, since the recent rape and murder 19-year-old Brianna Denison...but contrary to what may be on many people's minds, investigators say Saturday's assault appears to be completely unrelated. Still though, women who live and work in South Meadows say it's frightening.

"It really is a reminder to women that there are dangerous guys out there and we need to protect ourselves," said Sharilee White of Reno.

"I lock my doors, my windows. I live upstairs and I still do it. You can't be too careful anymore," said Serena Proudfoot, who works in South Meadows.

The man is described by police as a white male in his mid 20's, approximately five foot seven, with bushy, brown hair. If you've seen him, or you anything about this crime that could help police out, you are urged to call "Secret Witness" at 322-4900.

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