Authorities released a sketch Tuesday afternoon of the man they are searching for in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in Hollywood. NBC 6's Willard Shepard reports.
Authorities released a sketch Tuesday afternoon of the man they are searching for in connection with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in Hollywood.
Hollywood Police say the suspect is about 20 years old, 6 feet tall and heavyset, weighing around 200 pounds. He had a short beard, dreadlocks down to his back and was wearing a diamond earring in his right ear during the assault Saturday night, according to police.
The victim was walking south on South 24th Avenue near Jackson Street at about 9:44 p.m. Saturday when she was forced into the man’s older or dirty light gray or gold minivan, police said.
“This suspect drove up to the victim, grabbed her, abducted her into her van, drove her away from 2-4 and Jackson all the way to about 2-7 and Pierce. At 2-7 and Pierce, in the alleyway, he proceeded to actually sexually batter the victim,” said Hollywood Police Lt. Osvaldo Perez.
Neighbors are wary.
“It doesn't make any sense because you can't even protect your own child around here,” said Jimel Smith, who has three daughters.
Authorities urge anyone with information to call Hollywood Police at 954-967-4411 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS (8477).