Houston Crime Stoppers: Sketch released of man police say raped woman jogs in Houston park

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) – Crime Stoppers and Houston police need the public’s help in identifying a suspect charged with strangling and sexually assaulting a woman who was jogging in a park in broad daylight south- west of Houston.

Officials say the assault happened on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, around 9:30 a.m., at the park at the 6800 block of West Orem and the 13600 block of Blue Ridge, which runs along the Greenway Bay or Sims Access.

“As someone who has been in the criminal justice system for over 30 years, I can tell you this is an extremely dangerous individual,” said Andy Kahan of Crime Stoppers. “It’s more than likely not his first dog and pony show to do something like this. It’s extremely daring and cheeky. The fact that he was outside in broad daylight, in the middle of the day, mid-morning, where anyone can actually trip and see, tells me we need to get this guy off the streets before anyone else has to pay the price.”

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According to Detective Kristen Koryciak of the Houston Police Department, the victim, a woman in her 30s, noticed a man on a bench on the trail. The victim continued to run for several meters, when she noticed that the man was following her.

The victim tried to get away from the suspect and run towards the main road, but was unsuccessful.

“He grabbed her, at which point the complainant began to actively retaliate and attempted to run away,” Koryciak said. “The suspect then picked up the complainant, tackled her to the ground – made up of concrete – causing her pain and abrasions.”

The suspect is then charged with threatening the woman’s life with a sharp weapon, and they drove to an area where she was strangled and sexually assaulted.

The victim was able to give a detailed description of the suspect, who at the time was wearing a brown shirt, jeans and cowboy boots. He has a rosary tattoo on his lower right hand, with four letters, possibly “C” and “D”.

Officials hope the sketch and suspicious details will help anyone with information come forward.

“There’s no question in our mind that someone knows who the abuser is,” Kahan said. “We’re asking you to do the right thing. If it doesn’t strike your conscience, if you don’t want to step in to do the right thing, Crime Stoppers gives you up to 5,000 reasons why you want it. good thing.”

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Michelle Sacks, director of training at the Houston Area Women’s Center, said this type of crime is rare.

“Sexual assault is usually perpetrated by someone you know,” Sacks said. “It’s rare that it comes out in public like that.”

Sacks said the biggest safety tip is to stay aware, but that responsibility shouldn’t fall on survivors. There are resources for victims, including crisis advocates who will meet with victims at any hospital to help them through the process.

“We can call someone and they will stay with him and help him with the next steps,” Sacks said.

Houston Area Women’s Center Sexual Assault’s 24/7 hotline is 713-528-7273.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the charge or arrest of the suspect in this case. Anyone with information can call anonymously at 713-222-TIPS.

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