Chattanooga police seek help identifying attempted rape suspect

Chattanooga police seek help identifying attempted rape suspect

December 12th, 2017 by Rosana Hughes in Breaking News

Chattanooga police are asking the public for help identifying this person suspected of an attempted rape in the Martin Luther King neighborhood Tuesday, Dec. 12. The suspect, shown here on surveillance video, was described as a white male with short blond hair, wearing khaki pants and a navy blue tank top.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Chattanooga police are asking the public for help identifying a suspect of an attempted rape in the Martin Luther King neighborhood Tuesday afternoon.

The victim was followed by the suspect into her home where he attempted to rape her and then fled the scene.

The victim then called police to report the incident, and members of the Special Victims Unit are actively investigating. Her identity will not be disclosed, as the Times Free Press does not identify victims of sexual assault or rape.

Chattanooga police spokesman Rob Simmons said the location cannot be disclosed at this time to protect the victim's identity. Though, students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have been alerted of the incident via the university's alert system, according to campus police.

An email from the campus alert system states the attack took place a block from the south side of campus, and the suspect was last seen traveling on foot away from campus toward 11th Street.

The suspect was described as a white male with short blond hair, wearing khaki pants and a navy blue tank top.

Simmons said patrol has been increased in the area and they are actively seeking the suspect with all available manpower.

If you know or recognize the suspect in these photos, please call the Chattanooga Police Department at 423-698-2525 immediately. You can remain anonymous.

Chattanooga police are asking the public for help identifying this person suspected of an attempted rape in the Martin Luther King neighborhood Tuesday, Dec. 12. The suspect, shown here on surveillance video, was described as a white male with short blond hair, wearing khaki pants and a navy blue tank top.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

Chattanooga police are asking the public for help identifying this person suspected of an attempted rape in the Martin Luther King neighborhood Tuesday, Dec. 12. The suspect, shown here on surveillance video, was described as a white male with short blond hair, wearing khaki pants and a navy blue tank top.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

This story was updated Dec. 12 at 8:18 p.m. with more information.


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