Austin police are looking for a man they say sexually assaulted a homeless man in a vacant apartment off Barton Skyway early Monday morning.
Composite sketch of suspect, per APD.
Officers say the suspect approached the homeless man near the corner of Fourth and Lavaca Streets downtown. The suspect told the man he sympathized with his troubles, and offered him a place to stay for the night.
He instead taking the man to his home, the suspect took him to an unoccupied apartment in the 2900 block of Barton Skyway, just off MoPac. It was there--around 3 a.m.--he sexually assaulted the man at gunpoint.
When the incident was over, the suspect fled and the victim was able to leave the apartment and call for help.
Police say it didn’t appear anyone had forced entry to the apartment , so they are investigating how the suspect may have gained access.
During a press conference Friday, a spokesperson with the Austin Police Department said while homeless people are often victims of crime, this instance was unique in nature. He also hasn't heard of similar attacks happening to the homeless community at this time.
Top: Possible photo of suspect vehicle near Fourth and Lavaca streets
Bottom: Photo of vehicle of similar make/model, NOT the suspect’s.
The suspect was driving a 2011-2013 dark grey Toyota Sequoia. He is described to have the following characteristics, per APD:
o Estimated to be in his 30s
o Brown eyes with very thin, manicured eyebrows
o 5’6” to 5’8” – about 190 pounds – Heavy set
o Black, closely cut hair
o Blue baseball cap with an orange colored underside bill
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call APD’s Sex Crimes Unit at (512) 974-5230 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS. Anyone with information leading to an arrest or charges filed could lead to an award of up to $1,000.