Composite sketch released of suspect who attacked, left woman 'unable to speak'

Composite sketch released of suspect who attacked, left woman 'unable to speak'
Memphis police sent the composite sketch to the media on Friday.
Memphis police sent the composite sketch to the media on Friday.
They found a 34-year-old woman unable to speak due to injuries sustained during an attack.
They found a 34-year-old woman unable to speak due to injuries sustained during an attack.

(WMC) - Police released a composite sketch on Friday of a sexual assault suspect, who police believe attacked a woman in a wooded area.

On an early Saturday morning shortly after 4 a.m., officers responded to a report of a woman screaming in an abandoned southeast Memphis lot near the 1300 block of Willie Mitchell and Olive Street.

They found a 34-year-old woman unable to speak due to injuries sustained during an attack. She had been sexually assaulted.

A suspect was seen in an immediate area of the assault, and he ran from officers. Neighbors have been on high alert since.

The victim's mother hopes someone will recognize the man in the police sketch.

"I hope they catch him before he does more damage to other people," said the mother afraid to give her name.

The mother says the man shoved a stick down her daughter's throat. The victim spent several days in the Regional Medical Center in critical condition.

"I hope they catch him before he gets around other people like that. I'm sure he probably done more than her like that," said the mother.

She says her daughter is now doing OK.

"I think it will do her some good if he's locked up instead of out on the street. I think they should really hurry up and find this man before he does some damage to other people like he did to my daughter," said the mother.

Investigators are asking anyone with information about this crime to call CrimeStoppers at 528-CASH or call the Sex Crimes Bureau at 636-3330.

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