Police Seek Help to ID North Austin Sex Assault Suspect
AUSTIN, Texas — Authorities say they need your help to identify a sexual assault suspect wanted in eight attacks in the North Austin area.
The latest attack occurred Sunday afternoon.
The Austin Police Department says a woman was walking around her apartment complex on Jollyville Road near Balcones Woods when she was grabbed from behind.
Another attack happened near U.S Route 290 and Highway 183 earlier this year, but the specific date was not released.
Other attacks have occurred in Balcones Woods, and Jollyville and Duval Roads, according to APD.
Police have increased patrols and reached out to apartment property managers with safety advice.
— Suspect’s Description —
The suspect is described as a white or Hispanic man between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, believed to be in his mid-20s.
The man is said to be English speaking, with no discernible accent.
Police say he has short brown hair, dark eyes and is skinny in build.
He was also wearing a mask that partially covered his face.
The suspect was last seen wearing lighter colored jeans with a dark gray short sleeved shirt in Sunday’s attack. Investigators say the assailant has worn a hooded sweatshirt or a long-sleeved shirt in the past.
— Residents Urged to Be Vigilant —
Police say the man approaches from behind and threatens victims with a knife. In these cases, the attacks include attempted sexual assault, sexual assault, and aggravated robbery.
The attacks have occurred from early-morning to late at night in a wide range of areas, such as apartment complexes, parking lots, or public access areas.
In February, Lt. Gena Curtis with the APD Sex Crimes Unit emphasized that the suspect was motivated by opportunity, waiting and watching until a victim was alone.
That’s why police say it’s important for women to always be aware of their surroundings.
“Limit distractions. Keep your head up, try to avoid putting your head down and being buried in a cell phone, or if you have headphones on, go ahead and turn down the volume or have one earbud in your ear,” said Officer Destiny Winston.
At this time APD has no leads and is asking citizens to call 911 if they see anything suspicious. Detectives have set up a Tip Line at 512-974-5095 or Crime Stoppers at 512-472-TIPS or text “Tip 103” + your message to CRIMES.