Suspect in Las Cruces Attempted Rape Sought by Police

Mar 12, 2018

Las Cruces police are asking for the public’s help identifying the man suspected of breaking into a woman’s apartment while she was showering on Sunday afternoon and violently attempting to rape her.

The incident occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at the Stone Mountain Place apartments at 930 E. Boutz Rd.

Investigators learned the 30-year-old woman, a tenant at the apartment complex, exited her shower at about 2:30 p.m. to find an unknown man inside her bedroom. The woman tried to close the bathroom door and use her cell phone to call for help, but was overpowered by the suspect. The suspect pinned the woman down, struck her several times and tried to rape her. The woman fought back and prevented the assault from proceeding any further.

The woman received injuries to her head and face. Investigators have reason to believe the suspect may have scratch marks to his face, arms and hands. Police believe the suspect made entry into the apartment through a sliding-glass door and possibly fled through the front door.

The suspect is described as a light-skin Hispanic man who is possibly in his late 30s or early 40s. He is said to be about 6-feet tall with a medium build. The suspect was described as wearing a gray long-sleeve T-shirt, blue jeans and a black baseball cap. He was also wearing a keyring, possibly on his belt, with several keys attached.

Las Cruces Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward for information that helps identify the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Those who provide tips through Crime Stoppers do not have to provide their own name and can remain completely anonymous. The Crime Stoppers number is operational 24 hours a day.

Information from Las Cruces Police