January 31st, 2006 09:34 EST
Police receive break in case as composite sketch released
By Matthew Kent
Ft. Pierce, Fla. police detectives got a break in the investigation of a rape and attempted sexual assault as a sketch of a rape suspect has been developed, officials said last week.
The department called upon the expertise of forensic artist Steve Fusco of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to assist with the sketch of the suspect based on the description from the rape victim. In addition, Deputy Tom Davis of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement developed a psychological profile of the suspect.
“The profile is not an absolute. It’s based on generalities,” Detective Sergeant Daniel Flaherty said.
The break comes as investigators were looking into other sexual crimes committed in recent weeks. On Dec. 22, police responded to an abduction as a 31-year-old woman was forced into the suspect’s vehicle at gunpoint and taken to an unknown location where she was later sexually assaulted. The suspect vehicle in that incident was described by investigators as a gray or silver four-door Toyota Camry or Honda Accord.
Police also responded to a call of an armed burglary that occurred on Jan. 17, in which the suspect armed with a gun entered a 24-year-old woman’s home “with the intention of sexually assaulting her,” police said.
The suspect fled the scene and was last seen wearing a black shirt and black pants. He is described as a black male, approximately 6-feet tall, bald, with a muscular build and has a mole on his neck. He also has a cross or dagger tattooed on his forearm, police said.
If anyone has any information on these cases, please call Ft. Pierce Police Detectives Charles Donnon at (772) 568-1805, ext. 5250 or Detective Tyrone Campbell (772) 468-1805, ext. 5249.