Staff Reports

The Huntsville Item

Police want the public’s help in locating a suspect accused of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

According to officials, police responded to a burglary in progress at an apartment complex on the 1300 block of Smither Drive in Huntsville on Sunday at approximately 10:28 p.m.

Officers learned through the investigation that a male suspect had forced entry into the victim’s apartment and produced a handgun. The suspect threatened to kill the victim before sexually assaulting and kidnapping her at gunpoint.

The suspect is described as a black male, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11 tall, thin/athletic build, with a medium complexion. Police say that the suspect wore a “distinctively marked denim vest” that had an image of a tiger head, the words “Crazy Tiger Fighter” on the back and several patches on the front.

“The victim was forced to accompany the suspect to several locations in an attempt to withdraw cash,” Lt. Curt Landrum said. “During the ordeal, the suspect repeatedly threatened to kill the victim if she tried to flee.”

All three offenses — aggravated sexual assault, aggravated kidnapping and aggravated robbery — are felonies of the First Degree and carry possible punishments of five to 99 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and fines of up to $10,000.

Police Chief Kevin Lunsford asks the community to contact the police or Walker County/Huntsville Crime Stoppers if they have information on the suspect or the offenses.

“This person is a very dangerous individual,” Lunsford said. “We are asking for help from the public in this matter to identify this person and bring him to justice.”

To report any information about the suspect or crime, call 936-291-5480 or Crime Stoppers at 936-294-9494.