UPDATE: Suspect who assaulted elderly woman may have cutsPosted: Updated:
The following UPDATE was sent by the Tempe Police Department:
Suspect:white male adult, 40-50 years of age, approximately 5'8" to 5'10" in height, a thin build approximately 160-170 lbs., with dark scraggly hair and a dark scraggly beard.He was last seen wearing a tan shirt and dark knee length shorts.
This release is being distributed as an update to the Burglary and Sexual Assault that occurred yesterday in the 6500 block of S. Cole Dr, Tempe.
Investigation of the incident has revealed that the suspect forced entry into the residence through a shattered rear window.In forcing entry, the suspect sustained laceration(s), possibly to the arms, hands and/or chest.Blood from the suspect was found at the scene of the crime.
The above description should be amended to include laceration(s) sustained when the suspect unlawfully entered the victim's residence through the shattered window.It is possible that the suspect may have received medical attention or treated the cuts himself.As such, the suspect's arms, hands, and/or chest may be bandaged.
In attempt to locate the suspect in this incident, The Tempe Police Department's Crime Prevention Unit will be distributing flyers to homes and businesses in the area of the crime.
The suspect is still at large and we are asking anyone with any information to contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.
The following news release was sent by the Tempe Police Department:
On Sunday 07-20-08 at 06:35 AM, the Tempe Police Department received a 911 call reporting a Burglary in Progress in the 6500 Block of S. Cole Drive - in the area of McClintock Drive and Guadalupe Rd, Tempe.
Upon the arrival of police, the victim - an elderly female - reported that a male suspect she did not recognize entered her residence without permission and demanded several pieces of property which included the victim's debit card.
The victim complied with the suspect's demands however during the course of the incident, the victim was sexually assaulted.Other than the victim, there was no one else inside the residence at the time of the crime.
According to the victim, the suspect is described as white male adult, approximately 5'8" to 5'10" in height, a thin build approximately 160-170 lbs., with dark scraggly hair and a dark scraggly beard.He was last seen wearing a tan shirt and dark knee length shorts.
Investigation further revealed a suspect matching the description given by the victim, used the victim's debit card at an ATM in the area of Lakeshore Drive and Baseline Road.Surveillance footage was obtained of the suspect and will be released to the media at a scheduled media briefing.
At this time, the Tempe Police Department is requesting the public's assistance with identifying the suspect in the surveillance video.Further, should anyone residing or visiting the area at the time of the crime have any information related to this investigation, they are strongly encouraged to contact the Tempe Police Department at 480-350-8311 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS.