KOKOMO, Ind. – The Kokomo Police Department is asking the public to help find a rape suspect who should be considered armed and dangerous.
"We believe that he has access to a weapon," said Kokomo Police Department Cpt. Tonda Cockrell.
Officers say they learned of the alleged incident Tuesday when they were dispatched to the 500 block of W. Park Ave. in reference to a female with an unknown medical problem. When officers arrived, they located the victim in the living room of the home.
The victim reported that she had been battered and raped by Gary F. Perkins, who she knew.
"These are always difficult cases when a person is injured in their home and is the victim of a sexual assault," said Cpt. Cockrell.
The victim told police that she was struck in the head and went unconscious around 6 p.m. on Monday. When she regained consciousness, she reportedly struggled with Perkins before she was strangled and lost consciousness again.
After allegedly being confined to a bed and raped, the victim says she was finally able to free herself about 12 hours later after the suspect left the residence.
Perkins is believed to be driving a blue 2003 Chrysler Town and Country Minivan with Indiana issue plate 644TJZ.
Neighbors say they heard the woman yell for help when she ran outside of the home on Tuesday.
"She ran outside and said someone call 911! The next thing you know there are a bunch of cop cars," said a neighbor.
According to court records, Perkins has a violent past. He spent time in prison on a rape conviction back in 1997 and was just released in 2014.
"He was required to register as a sex offender as a result of that case," said Cpt. Cockrell.
Police say Perkins has tattoos on both hands, legs, and has tattoo sleeves on both of his arms. He has a tattoo on his neck that reads "unholy."
Right now, the woman is recovering from the attack and working with police.
"Our investigators are very good at following up on the victims of sexual assault and crimes of this nature and are able to get the information that we need quickly to move forward on the case," said Cpt. Cockrell.
A warrant is being sought for Perkins’ arrest. Police say this is an isolated incident.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Perkins is asked to contact Captain Teresa Galloway at (765) 456-7326 or the KPD Hotline at (765) 456-7017. You may report your anonymous tip to Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.