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May 11, 2012 12:22 AM

Oro Valley shocked by sexual assault

ORO VALLEY - The quiet town of Oro Valley was a bit unsettled Thursday night, after word of a sexual assault, and a suspect on the loose.

The attack happened early in the morning back on April 23rd at an apartment complex on La Cañada, near Lambert.

The suspect was described as a light-skinned, Hispanic man in his mid-twenties, about 5'10" with a medium build. He had dark hair, in a "buzz cut," was unshaven, and had a puffy scar on the left side of his neck. The scar is one to two inches long.

Police said the man followed a woman into her apartment before she could close the door and started attacking her, both physically and sexually.

Robert Coleman is a concerned citizen. He said, "It's terrible, disgusting, frightening. It makes you feel helpless. People feel helpless because there's nothing you can do about it. You never know when it's going to happen."

Kyle Maldonado was shocked by the assault. He said, "It's pretty scary to know that you could just walk into your house and someone could be right behind you and assault you like that."

Residents there said, especially in Oro Valley. Coleman said, "It's an upscale area. There's money here. It shows you, you can be a victim anywhere."

Police said they are making every effort to track the man down, and they're hoping the sketch they have will bring the break they need.

Lt. Kara Riley of the Oro Valley Police Department said, "They're very valuable because the description is given from the victim and it's within a short time period usually and we hope someone recognizes the suspect."

Police said it's the key to making an arrest, something this normally quiet community really needs.

Coleman said, "If it happens once it's going to happen again." Maldonado said, "It assures people that the guy isn't on the streets anymore. He can't hurt anybody else."

The sketch does not really show the suspect's scar on the left side of his neck. Police said scars and tattoos are excellent descriptions because they really make a person stand out.

If you know anything about this crime, call 911 or 88-CRIME.

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