Police are searching for the man who entered a woman’s apartment in north Fort Worth earlier this month, raped her at knifepoint, stole from her and stabbed her in the leg.
The attack occurred about 3 a.m. Nov. 4 in an apartment in a complex in the 3600 block of Basswood Boulevard in far north Fort Worth.
The 22-year-old woman told investigators that she fell asleep on her living room sofa and awoke with the man on top of her, one hand pressed against her mouth and the other holding a knife from her kitchen against her throat, sex crimes Detective M. Maldonado said.
“He told her not to scream,” Maldonado said.
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The man raped the woman on the couch before forcing her into the bedroom, where he sexually assaulted her again. He then demanded that the woman give him a bag, which he filled with electronics from the apartment, Maldonado said.
“Then he wanted money. She didn’t have any so he wanted her to go to an ATM,” Maldonado said.
The man forced the woman to her car. She had started to drive out of the complex when she realized she didn’t have her ATM card. The man made her drive back to get the card and was leading her back to the apartment “when the victim realized, ‘This is my chance to get way,’ ” Maldonado said.
“When she enters the apartment, she tries to close the door on him so he can’t come back in,” Maldonado said. “He forces the door open, and it hits her in the head. The fight is on. She is basically fighting for her life.”
The woman fell and was kicking at the man when he stabbed her once in the leg, Maldonado said.
Other complex residents, including a Fort Worth patrol officer and a maintenance man, heard her screams and came to investigate.
The man fled and could not be found around the complex.
The woman was treated at a hospital for the stab wound and head injury and was released.
Police recovered the knife, which is being analyzed for evidence.
The man is African-American with little to no hair, about 6 feet tall with a slim build. He was wearing dark clothes and left the apartment with a blue and white striped canvas bag filled with electronic items.
Investigators believe the man entered through a sliding glass patio door that the woman had accidentally left unlocked.
“It was her routine to lock it every night before she went to bed,” Maldonado said. “But on that night, she fell sleep in her living room on the couch.”
Police say the man’s behavior suggests a history of other sex crimes, including indecent exposure.
Staff writer Domingo Ramirez Jr. contributed to this report.