HOUSTON — Houston police are searching for a man accused of robbing and sexually assaulting a jogger at Memorial Park last month.
Investigators released surveillance images and a sketch drawing of the suspect Wednesday.
They said the man pictured is linked to a sexual assault and robbery that happened about 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 29 on E. Memorial Loop Drive.
Investigators said the victim, a 32-year-old woman, was jogging alone in the Eastern Glades section of the park near the restrooms.
During the attack, police said the man held a sharp object close to the woman’s neck and threatened her with a gun as he took her belongings.
Police say the man forced the woman into his vehicle and sexually assaulted her before driving her to a nearby gas station, where he robbed her of cash and gas.
The suspect then left in a white newer model car. It's unclear what direction he left in.
“We don’t think that these things are going to happen at Memorial Park,” said Rania Mankarious, CEO of Crime Stoppers of Houston. “We don’t think these things are gonna happen when we go to the Galleria or run our errands, but Houston’s changing.”
Rania Mankarious says people must think differently, especially if they’re walking alone at night.
“Consider using a walking stick, maybe carrying some kind of protective gear with you,” said Mankarious. “Have a flashlight. If you can walk with a buddy or a dog, that’s even better.”
HPD described the suspect as a man in his 30s to early 40s, standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall with heavy build, possibly weighing around 250 to 280 pounds. He has a face tattoo on his right cheek bone and more tattoos on his arms, the department said.
Crime Stoppers may pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the charging and/or arrest of the suspect in this case. Information may be reported by calling 713-222-TIPS (8477), submitted online at www.crime-stoppers.org or through the Crime Stoppers mobile app. Only tips and calls DIRECTLY TO Crime Stoppers are anonymous and eligible for a cash reward.