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June 22nd, 2014
Search still on for man who tried to rape 12-year-old girl


San Marcos police are still looking for an unidentified man who tried to sexually assault a 12-year-old girl late Thursday near her home in the Rio Vista Terrace neighborhood.

The attack — widely reported by regional media over the weekend — is still being investigated and no arrests have been made, Sgt. Martin Manzi told the San Marcos Mercury this morning.

The girl was walking a puppy in the 900 block of Sycamore Street when the suspect grabbed and dragged her into her home’s backyard while fondling her breasts, Sgt. Mike Wellman said on Friday. She was saved when a family member, coming outside to check on the child, chased the suspect away.

The man had an unusual hair style: a crew cut split down the middle of his head with one half colored brown and the other blond, according to descriptions given to investigators. He is reportedly thin with a fit build and in the range of 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He was wearing a black leather jacket over a dark shirt and light-colored shorts. The girl told police that he smelled like beer.

The daily log of police activity states the assault was reported at 11:33 p.m. June 19. Aggravated attempted assault is a second-degree felony carrying a punishment of two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

San Marcos police investigators ask anyone with information about the attempted rape — or anyone who thinks they know a man fitting the description offered by the victim — to call them at 512-753-2300 or 512-753-2108. Tips can also be submitted on the city’s website here.

Reward for information

Hays County Crime Stoppers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of felony suspects. Submit a tip to Hays County Crime Stoppers:

Phone: 1-800-324-TIPS (8477)

Web: Hays County Crime Stoppers web site

Mobile: Download the free TipSumit App on your smartphone. Mac iOS | Android

Informants can offer their tips and claim their reward without being identified and without being forced to testify in court, according to Hays County Crime Stoppers members.


CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misspelled San Marcos police Sgt. Martin Manzi’s name.

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