Saturday, September 1, 2012

East Dallas neighborhood on edge after sexual assault - WFAA


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Posted on September 1, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated today at 7:28 PM

DALLAS â€" A Dallas neighborhood was on edge Saturday after a rapist attacked a woman in broad daylight.

Police said the armed assailant barged his way into the woman's apartment at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the 5400 block of Gaston Avenue.

Curtis Hathcox lives in the same complex; he and his wife said they came face-to-face with the rapist â€" but didn't know it at the time.

"He was creepy," Hathcox said. "He kept getting close and asking questions a normal person on the street just wouldn't ask."

The suspect moved on to another apartment. Police say he knocked on a young woman's front door, pulled out a gun and forced her into the apartment. He assaulted and robbed her.

"He was looking for somebody weak; he was looking for a victim," Hathcox said.

Police launched a search for the suspect on foot and by air, but didn't find him.

Wanda Guevara witnessed the commotion. "I’m deathly scared this happened in broad daylight," she said. "Can you imagine at night? It's horrible."

Other women in the area acknowledged that they're scared.

"I’m thinking about keeping my pistol by my side," said Ruth Taylor.

Several woman reported a man has been knocking on doors at various apartment complexes in recent weeks.

"Someone knocked on my door about six in the evening, but I didn't answer the door," Taylor said.

Sherri Walton lives across the street from the attack. She said she is now on high alert.

"I’m going to watch my surroundings and be more aware," she said.

Dallas police say the suspect was described as wearing a red plaid shirt, gray pants, and a gray hat. He is a Latin male in his 50s about 6 feet tall.

Witnesses said he may also have a tattoo with flames on his arm.

If you have any information, call the Dallas Police Department's Crimes Against Persons division or your local police agency.


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