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Search is on for child's attacker
Police launch an all-out search to find the man who raped a young girl Saturday.
By EMILY NIPPS, Times Staff Writer
Published August 19, 2007
A police composite drawing of the man who raped a child on Saturday.
TAMPA - Tampa police have turned to the public seeking help in finding a man who brutally raped a young girl at her home around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.
Few details were released, but Cpl. Jared Douds said the crime took place in the neighborhood of N 15th Street and Linebaugh Avenue. A man entered the home and "brutally and viciously" sexually assaulted the child, who is younger than 15, he said.
"It can only be described as absolutely heart-wrenching," he said in a 5 p.m. news conference Saturday.
"We'd like to ask your help in taking this monster off our streets. If you know this person, we ask you to come forward and let this end here and now and allow this young girl to get some justice."
Police released a composite sketch of the man, described as a black male between the ages of 20 and 30 and about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches. He has a medium complexion, medium build, and had a moustache at the time of the attack.
According to Douds, the man entered the house while the parents were inside. He attacked the girl, then fled. No one else in the home was injured.
Douds could not give any details about how the man entered the home or if anyone other than the girl saw the man, citing the nature of the crime and the age of the victim.
Police have deployed all available resources, including canine units, air surveillance and plainclothes detectives, he said. Police also launched a reverse 911 to about 4,000 homes in the neighborhood.
The victim was treated at a local hospital and released.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Skyp McCaughey at 813 276-3507 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.