Police search for man accused of sexually assaulting teen
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Miami Police took to the streets Thursday as they searched for a man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman in her late teens.
"I just can't believe this happened. Like, why would people do this?" said Mariah Hicks. "That could have been me or somebody else's daughter. You have to watch out and be careful what you do."
The victim said she was kidnapped on Sunday at an abandoned house near Northwest 46th Street and Fifth Avenue. Police said he sexually assaulted her for two hours, and then robbed her.
The Miami Special Victims Unit released a sketch of the suspect as continued their efforts to identify the suspect. "We want to make sure we smoke him out," said Miami Police Officer Rene Pimentel. "We want to make sure that he does not get away with him doing this to yet another victim."
Officers went door to door Thursday on the 500 block of Northwest 46th Street as they passed out flyers with the attacker's sketch in hopes that someone recognizes him. "In the past, when we've done this, we normally have someone from the community come out and give us information," said Miami Police Detective Ken Ginet.
Nearby residents said the abandoned homes are dangerous. "This is a little bad area, and most of the things that I see wrong around here is a lot of empty houses, a lot of abandoned houses that criminals can get in there," said Juan Valez.
On June 6, a couple abducted and raped a special needs girl inside another house in the same neighborhood as she walked home from her last day of school.
"It's sad that the kids can't have fun anymore. You can't even go outside," said concerned mother Mary Allen. "Very shocking, because now we definitely have to watch our kids, wherever we go."
The victim said the man is 6 feet 1 inch tall, between the ages of 20 and 25, and possibly speaks Creole. He was last seen wearing a maroon shirt and brown pants. Police questioned a man fitting the suspect's description Thursday afternoon, but let him go after realizing he was not the subject.
If you have any information on this sexual assault, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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