Police release sketch of rape suspect

Published 11:00 pm Friday, April 6, 2012

This is a sketch artist's drawing based on a victim's description of the man wanted for two sexual assaults on March 26.

Late Friday afternoon, police released a sketch of the man believed to have sexually assaulted two women at an area mobile home park last week.

The sketch comes 11 days after two women were attacked some four hours apart on March 26. Both took place in Hunter’s Mountain Mobile Estates, a mobile home development operated by Jim Golden.

“It really, really, really was an absolute shock,” Golden said. “I couldn’t believe that something that awful could happen twice in one day – or at that time of day.”

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Two women became the victims of sexual assault while on park property. One attack happened about 3:30 in the afternoon and another close to 7 p.m. Police are still searching for the man responsible for the crimes.

But even though two sexual assaults referenced in relation to a business in newspaper and television reports can be a financial blow, it isn’t money Golden is concerned about.

“Of course, it hurt us from a business standpoint,” Golden said. “But what it did to those women, and their families, that’s what I really feel for.”

Hunter’s Mountain hosted a meeting for residents to speak with police officers Thursday night. Golden said the officers took their time with each question asked and stayed a few hours to make certain everyone left the meeting with a new confidence.

“I’ve never seen anything in my life like this before,” Golden said. “The commitment the police have made to Troy residents to find this guy is amazing.”

With only one entrance, private streets, a nightside neighborhood watch patrol, 24-hour availability of staff and security cameras, Hunter’s Mountain was considered by some to be one of the most secure places to live in Troy. But even with all of that in place, Golden said, the attacker was able to move through the park undetected.

“We were only two or three doors down showing a unit when this occurred,” Golden said, shaking his head. “We have maintenance people all around this place. And none of us – no staff or residents – saw anything. Someone who wasn’t supposed to be here got in and did something horrific.”

Golden said the crimes have made him and other staff members re-evaluate their security and look at possible improvements. Hunter’s Mountain will upgrade security cameras to be able to capture license plates of vehicles, residents will receive car stickers so staff can easily identify vehicles and peepholes that ensure maximum visibility have been ordered.

“I think we all feel violated,” Golden said. “The sooner this guy is taken down and put away, the sooner healing can begin.”

Even though the crime may be bad for business, Golden said he hopes that people don’t forget what happened on March 26.

“We are all now looking at things we didn’t look at before,” Golden said. “The best personal safety is the recognition of what could possibly happen.”

Police are looking for a black man with a dark complexion in his late 30s to early 50s. At the time of the attacks, he was wearing a black or dark blue shirt and loose-fitting black or blue jeans. Victims relayed to police the man had close-cut hair and was about 250 pounds with a heavy athletic build.

Individuals with tips or information about the sexual assaults should call the Troy Police Department at 566-0500, or the Secret Witness Line at 566-5555. The reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker is now $25,000.