Chandler police seek identity of sexual assault suspect

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Chandler police are attempting to identify a suspect in a sexual assault earlier this month.

The unknown male previously had been called a person of interest in the case. Investigators have developed probable cause to name him as a suspect, Detective Seth Tyler said Wednesday.

Police said a female was sexually assaulted in the area of Cooper and Riggs roads between midnight and 1 a.m. on Feb. 6.

The suspect is described as approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall, 20 to 25 years old with an average build, a thick neck and a slight pot belly. He has thick, dark hair that may be curly and his preferred hairstyle may be bunched in the back.

Police released surveillance photographs of the suspect that show him wearing a red beanie cap on his head, a green polo-style short-sleeve shirt, light-colored cargo shorts and dark shoes.

Police said the suspect's vehicle is described as a blue 1990 to 1997 Lincoln Town Car with stock rims and possibly a horse-shaped hood ornament. The vehicle may have smoke or steam coming out from under the hood while running and the paint on the roof and trunk appears slightly faded.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect's identity is asked to contact the Chandler Police Department at 480-782-4130 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Silent Witness is offering a reward up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of the suspect.

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