INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Indianapolis police are asking for the public’s help catching an accused rapist.
Investigators with Crime Stoppers released a sketch of a man they say raped a teenage girl during a home invasion.
According to IMPD, the man was involved in a home invasion and rape on July 26, 2016, at a home in the 2900 block of North Park Avenue. It happened around 2:30 p.m. that day.
The brazen sexual assault took place in broad daylight, but 3 months later no arrests have been made.
“The attack was pretty bold and pretty aggressive. Usually people try to hide this behavior. He was out front,” said Sgt. Steve DuBois with Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana.
Following the rape, several months passed without the suspect being caught, but the victim did help police compose a sketch of the man thought to be responsible for the crime.
“We’re dealing with a victim’s memory of a traumatic event, so the hair might be little wrong or something like that. This is as close as we can get, but it might not be spot on,” said DuBois.
In fact, because sketches are not as accurate as photographs, police say people are often reluctant to call in tips.
“Some people when they see these drawings don’t want to call because they’re not sure if its him. They should let the detectives find out, because it may be that person and they never get identified or they offend before we get him identified,” said DuBois.
The victim told investigators she thought she recognized the suspect hanging around the neighborhood in the weeks prior to the attack, although it’s not clear if the attacker actually lived in the area.
“She thinks he might be from that area or hanging out in that area, so obviously we’re worried for that area, but we’re worried for anyone that comes in contact with him,” said DuBois.
Given the violent nature of the crime Sgt. DuBois says the public will be safer if someone knows the man in this sketch and turns him in.
“Usually sex offenders are not one time and done type people. So we need to get him off the streets and get him identified,” said DuBois.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 317-262-8477 (TIPS) or 800-222-8477 (TIPS). You can also submit a mobile tip through the P3tips app for Apple orAndroid phones or visit www.CrimeTips.org to submit a web tip. Information can be submitted anonymously.