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Investigators release updated sketch of rape suspect

This updated sketch was released Thursday. This updated sketch was released Thursday.
A second view of the man. A second view of the man.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Authorities now have a clearer picture of a man wanted for raping up to four women across West Tennessee.

Thursday, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released an updated composite sketch of the man, for the first time showing his face without a mask.  Described by a victim as "big bellied," the man was seen wearing a mask in a previous sketch.

"The first sketch was just of a masked face," Shelby County Sheriff Mark Luttrell said. "This sketch goes beyond that with the mask off.  It's significant the additional information we have."
 
Investigators believe they have a possible facial description of the man, who is suspected of sexually assaulting at least four women.
 
"The updated composite is a result of witnesses and victims collectively giving us their observations," Luttrell said.
 
The first assault occurred at this Cordova apartment complex on June 27 when a woman was sexually assaulted by gunpoint.  A month later, a woman was attacked in Martin.

Two attacks happened on August 5: A woman was assaulted by a man who broke into her apartment on Macon Road near Whitten, and a second woman was attacked in Martin.

One of the assaults happened on Macon Road near Whitten, close to Brenda Hackworth's home.

"It's very frightening, because it's real quiet around here, and all you can think about is something might happen to you," she said.
 
While Hackworth didn't recognize the suspect, she and other neighbors are heeding law enforcement's warning to be on guard.
 
"Be aware of your surrounding," Luttrell said. "Be aware of when there are vehicles that may be driving close to you."
 
Meanwhile, authorities are encouraging any other victims or witnesses to come forward.

If anyone has information about the crimes or can identify the suspect please contact the Martin Police Department at 731-587-5355, the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND or Crimestoppers at 1-877-364-8479 (TIPZ).

Shelby County area tips should be called to: Sheriff's Office General Investigation Bureau at (901) 545-5600 or Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH (2274) or 1-800-TBI-FIND.

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