PALMDALE – If you recognize the man in this sketch, then Palmdale detectives would like to hear from you. They say the sketch represents a 50 to 60-year-old Hispanic male with a light complexion and light colored or hazel eyes.
Palmdale detectives say the man viciously beat and tried to rape a 74-year-old woman in September.
The following is the news release from the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station:
On Sunday, September 11, at about 3:00 p.m., a 74 year-old woman was sitting at a bus stop outside of Vallarta Supermarket on 18th Street East and Palmdale Blvd. The suspect was parked in the Antelope Valley Bank parking lot when he called the victim over to his vehicle and persuaded her to accept a ride home.
While driving the victim towards her residence, he began making advances towards victim. When the victim refused, he drove the victim to a closed business complex near 3rd Street East and Avenue P, where he attempted to sexually assault her in the vehicle.
When the victim would not get out of the vehicle the suspect began beating the victim with closed fists and a blunt object.
The victim began screaming at which point the suspect fled the location in his vehicle leaving the victim with severe injuries to both her jaw and head injuries.
Unfamiliar with her surroundings and scared of her attacker returning, the victim concealed her injuries and boarded a nearby bus heading towards her home.
The victim then walked approximately a mile from where the bus dropped her off to her home where she described the violent encounter to her family.
Working with detectives, the victim recalled details about the suspect’s vehicle, which is described as a wine colored older model Toyota single cab pickup. The vehicle had two bucket seats in the cab instead of a bench.
The suspect is described as a 50 to 60 year old Hispanic male with a light complexion and light colored eyes (possibly hazel).
The Palmdale Station has released a sketch of the suspect as well as photos of a vehicle similar to the one of the attacker. Detectives are asking anyone who recognizes the individual, or has any information about the case, to contact detective Gillis at 661-272-2412.
You can also contact the department anonymously through “Crime Stoppers” by dialing 800-222-TIPS (8477) or visiting lacrimestoppers.org.