Phoenix police trying to identify sexual assault suspect

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX – Phoenix police are asking for the public's help in identifying a sexual assault suspect.

Sgt. Trent Crump said a 22-year-old woman was walking in the area of 40th Street and Thomas at approximately 5:20 a.m. Saturday, when a man started to follow her.

The woman started running and yelling for help, but the suspect caught up to her and forced her to the ground at gunpoint.

Crump said while the suspect was sexually assaulting the woman, a witness interrupted the act.

3TV and azfamily.com are identifying that witness only by her first name, Jackie, since she is a witness in an ongoing sexual assault investigation. She described what she saw on Sunday.

"I could see her naked body on the ground and he was on top of her clothed and I said, 'You need to get up and stop,'" Jackie recalled.

She said she saw her own life flash before her eyes but knew that she was the only one at that moment who could help.

"I stopped just about here and said, 'What the hell is going on?' And he said, 'It's none of your business.' I said, 'You need to get the hell up.' Bang!" she explained.

The suspect fired his weapon in the direction of the witness before fleeing northbound on 40th Street.

The victim helped police with a composite drawing of the suspect, who is described as a light-skinned black male, 25 to 35 years old, wearing glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Phoenix Police Department at 602-262-6141 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS to remain anonymous.