Senatobia Police Release Sketch Of Attempted Rape Suspect

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(Senatobia, MS) Police in Senatobia, Mississippi  have released a composite sketch of a suspect they say is responsible for a recent attempted kidnapping and attempted rape that happened in broad daylight.

In April, the suspect grabbed a woman while she was planting flowers in her yard and tried to rape her.

Her two children watched in horror as the woman fought her attacker off.

The suspect is still on the run,  so people in the North Mississippi community hope the sketch will help police catch him.

"It makes you wonder what people think when they do these bad things," said Shirley Bird of Senatobia.

Bird hopes the police drawing she taped to the window of her workplace leads to the arrest of the man.

Bird is a clerk at Deerview Wine and Spirits on Highway 51  and sees a lot of customers, "It would make me very careful to see, you know, if I saw this person, I'd definitely call 911."

The attack happened April 21st.

Detective Lt. Lisa Sanders said Senatobia Police wants the guy behind bars, "There's no doubt this act was very violent, with the children being right there next to their mother. It was like, total disregard for anybody."

Lt. Sanders said  it was crucial for police to have a composite sketch of the suspect, who quickly ran away.

Finding a police sketch artist locally wasn't easy.

"We contacted Hoover Police Department in Hoover,  Alabama and spoke with their Chief. And they actually had a composite artist on their staff," said Lt. Sanders.

Thursday, the victim sat down with the artist at the Senatobia Police Department and provided enough details to create the sketch.

The drawing is now showing up in store windows all over town.

Lea Koller who co-owns Ken and Lea's Paint and Decorating Center, said she's on edge while the suspect remains on the run, "It's very frightening. Cause I'm here a lot of times by myself all day long."

Koller is impressed the victim could provide such a good description, under such terrible circumstances, "I'm hoping somebody will spot him and they will report it and they can catch him. Cause if he did it once...he could do it again."

The suspect is considered dangerous.

If you can help provide information that will put this guy behind bars, you're urged to call the Senatobia Police Department at 662-562-5643 or the Tate CountyCrimeStoppers at 662-301-1111.

All tips remain anonymous.





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