Police release sketch of suspect in assault on woman

BURLESON — Police released a composite sketch Thursday of a man they believed followed a woman from a downtown Fort Worth parking garage earlier this month, then attacked her outside her Burleson home.

The attack happened between 3:30 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, shortly after the 18-year-old victim arrived at her east Burleson home after getting off work in downtown Fort Worth.

The woman told police she had just parked in the driveway and was walking toward the house when she was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground, causing her to lose consciousness.

“She was surprised when he grabbed her from behind,” said Commander Cindy Aaron. “She didn’t see anything before she was grabbed.”

Aaron said investigators believe the attack was sexually motivated. When the victim regained consciousness, Aaron said, the woman discovered some of her clothing had been removed.

“We have no one that witnessed it. At the time of the night, there wasn’t anybody out,” Aaron said.

Aaron said the victim’s family discovered the woman after being awoken by dogs barking. They took the woman to an area hospital, where she was admitted overnight for observation.

“There was some physical injuries,” Aaron said. “She was beaten by the attacker. There were no weapons that she recalled.”

Police suspect the attacker had followed the woman home from a parking garage in the Sundance Square area of downtown Fort Worth at about 3 a.m.

Aaron said the victim recalled seeing a car being driven erratically in the parking garage. Aaron said police were able to retrieve some video showing what appeared to be a black, late model Pontiac Sunfire following the victim out of the garage.

Aaron said investigators have talked to Fort Worth police investigators but have found no similar attacks.

The suspect is described as a white man, 18 to 25 years of age, and approximately 5-foot-8-inches to 6 feet tall. He was of medium build, had medium length hair and was wearing a black button-up shirt at the time of the attack.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Detective Tom Catron at 817-426-9931 or, to remain anonymous, Johnson County Crime Stoppers at 817-295-LEAD (5323).