JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies were looking for a stranger Friday who attacked a teenager in her apartment.
Her injuries serious enough neighbors say she went to the hospital in an ambulance.
It happened about 3:40 p.m. Thursday at the Tanemara Apartment Homes near W. Bowles and S.Simms in Jefferson County.
When danger walked in the front door of an unlocked apartment, he came face-to-face with strength and determination.
“She fought back. She was tenacious and fought hard and strong for her safety and was able to fight him off,” says Mark Techmeyer, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
She is a 15-year-old, just watching TV alone in the apartment she shares with her mother, when the attacker, pictured in a police sketch, ried raping her.
He diddn’t succeed. But he did beat her badly enough to send her to the hospital.
“It’s scary because sometimes I don’t lock my door all the time. And it’s my neighbor. So, it could have happend to me,” says one teenager, whose nearly the same age as the victim.
She says she’ll be much more careful. “Absolutely, I will lock my door every day,” she says.
The victim saw her attacker drive away in a 90’s model white Jeep Cherokee similar to the one pictured, but with running boards on it.
“Oh my God. I seen that. I seen that Jeep when I was pulling in,” says one neighbor, who did not want to be identified.
But at the time, she had no idea police were looking for it.
“It was weird because it pulled into our parking lot and then it pulled back into this parking lot, like it didn’t know where it was going. Anybody who lives in this complex, goes in this complex, knows that’s not an outlet right there,” she says.
Investigators don’t know if the attack was random or targeted.
Neighbors hope they soon catch the criminal because they don’t want fear to move into their homes for the long term.
“I feel really bad for that girl. I really wish it wouldn’t have happened,” says one neighbor.
“The last thing you expect when you are sitting in your home watching TV is someone to walk in the door and attack you,” says Techmeyer.
The suspect is a black man, in his 20’s, 5’10” tall, thin, bald with brown eyes. He was wearing black sweatpants and a black t-shirt.
Anyone with information about the suspect or this case can call the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612.