A composite sketch of the suspect police are searching for in the rape of a UA student (Source: Tuscaloosa County Homicide Unit) The sexual assault happened at the victim’s town home in the 1200 block of Convent Street in Tuscaloosa. Source: WBRC video
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) –
Tuscaloosa County authorities are hoping a $5,000 reward will help them identify and arrest a man who robbed and sexually assaulted a University of Alabama student at gunpoint at her home in November.
The Governor’s Office is offering the reward, Captain Gary Hood with the Metro Homicide Unit said on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
"It is our hope that this reward will motivate someone who knows the person responsible for this crime to come forward," Hood said.
Officials believe the suspect may have followed the 19-year-old victim as she walked home around 1:45 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 27 after a night out with a friend at the nearby Strip.
"We have what’s possibly a sexual predator out here who we are actively pursuing," Hood said.
Police say soon after the victim returned to her town home, a man walked inside.
“When the victim arrived at her apartment, she walked upstairs to her bedroom, she heard someone come in. The suspect then went to her bedroom and that’s where he met her and held her at gunpoint,” Hood said.
“He had a gun and he pointed it at her and he forcefully robbed her and sexually assaulted her,” Hood said.
Authorities declined to release details about the stolen items.
The victim described the suspect as a black male in his early to mid-20’s, about 6′ tall with a heavy build. She said he was wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants.
The Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit released a sketch of the suspect on Nov. 30.
A friend took the victim to DCH for treatment. She was released later that morning, authorities say.
Investigators say the victim was traumatized by the ordeal.
“She’s traumatized, as expected. She’s dealing with that and we’re working with her,” Hood said.
Although the attack happened in the early morning hours, authorities say many people were still out celebrating the Iron Bowl victory from the night before. They’re hoping someone will recognize the suspect from the sketch and help them solve the case.
“We’re hoping someone saw this suspect walking around and maybe appeared suspicious to them,” Hood said.
Police are also pulling video from the area in an attempt to identify the attacker.
Anyone with any information on the case is asked to call the Tuscaloosa Metro Homicide Unit at 205-464-8690 or 205-752-0616.
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