Mesa police hold public meeting to discuss sex assault in area

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Sketch of sexual assault suspect (Source: Mesa Police Department) Sketch of sexual assault suspect (Source: Mesa Police Department)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Mesa Police Department is holding a community meeting Wednesday night to address concerns about a recent sexual assault in the area.

Police say an unknown man entered a residence while the occupants were sleeping in the area of Broadway Road and Mesa Drive. While inside the home, he sexually assaulted a child.

Police say the residence where the assault happened was not "secured," and detectives are urging residents to protect themselves.

"We want folks to secure their residences," said Mesa Det. Nik Rasheta. "Windows and doors, and any way someone could get into that home."

"It's very scary, first of all, to think someone could get into your house, and the fact that someone has the nerve to do something like that," said neighborhood residents Stella Gutierrez. 

"It worries me," said another neighbor.

[READ MORE: Mesa police seek public's help to identify suspect who sexually assaulted child]

A witness in the area described the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 18 to 30 years old, with a short build and short dark hair. He was last seen wearing a T-shirt and shorts.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect.

Mesa police hope to use the community meeting to gather any tips and also provide information for the community.  General crime prevention advice will also be given.

Meeting details:

Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Holmes Elementary School
948 S. Horne, Mesa

 Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377). For Spanish, call (480) T-E-S-T-I-G-O. Callers may remain anonymous. 

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