Police May Have ID'd Suspect in South Reno Sexual Assault

By: Staff/Catherine Van Email
By: Staff/Catherine Van Email
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Reno police are still looking for the man who attacked a woman Monday night in south Reno.

Courtesy Reno Police Department

RENO, NV -- Police continue to look for the man who sexually assaulted a woman in a field near the Cyan community in south Reno, and they say they may know who he is.

Thursday afternoon, September 26, detectives revealed they have identified a possible suspect, but they aren't revealing a name, and they say it appears he is not in the Reno-Sparks area. Reno police say they want to express their appreciation to the public for their assistance during the search, and they continue to encourage anyone who has additional information regarding this case to please contact them.

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It's is a scary situation proving it could have happened to anyone, anywhere.

The victim, a 37-year-old woman, tells KOLO 8 News Now's Catherine Van she hopes telling her story will help catch her attacker before he attacks someone else.

"It's always felt safe, we've always felt comfortable letting our kids play in the neighborhood, play in the park and outside in our backyard," Chris Stone, a resident in Damonte Ranch, said.

"Most of us around here believe that this is a safe neighborhood and walking around even after dark is really not much of a concern," Leila Gail, a Damonte Ranch resident of 8 years, said.

It's not unusual to see neighbors walking around the South Meadows,which is why the attack on a runner has most here on edge.

"I see people all the time," Gail said. "I have friends in the neighborhood that are out you know walking their dogs, or going for a jog either late at night or at sunset or early in the morning, so I think this has definitely given something for us to think about."

A woman out for her routine run was attacked from behind, then dragged into a field where she was assaulted.

Off-camera, she says she hopes our reporting her attack helps to catch him. The victim says he does have a darker complexion, and speaks poor English.

An attack like this is uncommon, which makes community members nervous.

"It's a rare occasion. We take this very seriously, obviously, stranger type of rape in a sense," Lieutenant Bill Rulla of the Reno Police Department said.

In this case, the survivor was able to escape and get help from a passing driver, but police say, hers is a reminder to be constantly aware of your surroundings.

"A lot of us run with our ear buds on and our iPods or Walkman," Lt. Rulla said. "Just be very careful with those because you want to be aware of everything just visually and so we can hear things coming around you; pay attention that way."

He also says by simply using a buddy system and walking in a well-lit area could save your life.

"Just makes me realize that this kind of thing can happen in any neighborhood just because it's a more upscale suburban neighborhood, it doesn't mean that something like this can't happen," Gail said.

The victim says she thinks she's seen the man's dark SUV in this area of Veterans Parkway and Wind Walker Drive before and warns others to be on the lookout.

Police want the public to know there will be undercover presence in this area until further notice.

If you have any information regarding this crime call (775) 322-4900. Secret Witness is offering a $2,000 reward, for anyone who can help identify this attacker.

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RENO, NV - Reno police are looking for the man who attacked a woman Monday night in south Reno.

Police say about 8:20PM, the woman was jogging in the area of Veterans Parkway and Wind Walker Drive when she was attacked, forced into a nearby field and sexually assaulted. The woman says the man told her he had a gun, though she never saw one. She got away and got help from a passing driver.

The woman says the man is Hispanic and in his early 30s, 5'5" to 5'8" with dark skin and thin features. He was clean shaven, had short dark hair and was wearing a white t-shirt and dark pants. The victim worked with a sketch artist to produce a composite based on her description.

Reno police are asking for the public’s assistance. Anyone having information relating to this crime or the attacker should contact the Reno Police Department at 334-2115 or Secret Witness at 322-4900 or www.secretwitness.com, or you can text the tip to 847411 (TIP 411) keyword - SW. Secret Witness is offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the attacker and his conviction.


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