Crime

Denton police release sketch of man wanted in attempted assaults of women

Denton police are asking the public for help identifying a man wanted in a string of three apartment burglaries with intent to assault women in their residences.

The department is also warning people to be careful when answering their doors.

Police released a sketch this week portraying the suspect, who’s described as being a light-skinned black man in his mid-to-late 20s who stands between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall and has a lean muscular build, police said. He’s reportedly clean shaven and has short black hair.

The three burglaries occurred at apartment complexes across Denton and shared similarities, police said. In each incident, a white woman between the ages of 20 and 25 answered a knock at the door to find the suspect outside.

The suspect then entered their apartments without permission, police said.

Police didn’t say if he stole anything in the burglaries and didn’t release dates or locations of the incidents.

It’s possible the suspect drives a small white SUV, police said. The year and brand of the SUV aren’t known.

Police are encouraging residents to be vigilant answering the door and utilize their door’s peephole. Also, people should keep doors closed and locked when they’re inside their homes, police said.

Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call Denton County Crime Stoppers at (800) 388-TIPS (8477), police said, or submit a tip online at dentoncountycrimestoppers.com.

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Jack Howland is a breaking news and enterprise reporter. Before coming to the Star-Telegram in May 2019, he worked for two and a half years as a breaking news reporter at the Poughkeepsie Journal in New York. He’s a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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