Police still seek suspect

Published 11:00 pm Monday, April 9, 2012

It’s been two weeks since a man sexually assaulted two women in Hunter’s Mountain Mobile Home Estates and police continue to look for the attacker.

“Since we distributed the sketch Friday, we’ve had a number of calls and have been following up on those calls,” said Troy Police Sgt. Benny Scarbrough.

The women reported being assaulted, separately, at about 3:30 p.m. and about 7 p.m. on March 26.

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Whispers in the Troy area on Monday were reflections of people wondering whether or not an alleged sexual assault in Crenshaw County and the cases in Troy were related.

“We’ve no reason to believe they are connected,” said Crenshaw County Sheriff Charles West. “The investigation is ongoing.”

West said a woman reported an assault near the Fuller’s Crossroads community on Friday morning. She told police his face was covered by a hoodie or mask.

West said, just as in Troy and Pike County, people are exploring self-defense options.

“There are people coming in getting pistol permits left and right,” West said. “I just did three of them myself.”

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 in Troy should call the Troy Police Department at 566-0500, or the Secret Witness Line at 566-5555. There is a $25,000 reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker.