The man, described as a Hispanic in his late 20s or early 30s, is believed to be involved in crimes committed Oct. 28 and Nov. 2. One of the victims told police the suspect had significant pock marks on his face, which the sketch reflects.
In both incidents, elderly women have been the target of home burglaries, robberies and sexual or attempted sexual assaults. There are some similar circumstances in both incidents.
The first crime occurred at about 8 p.m. Oct. 28 in the 1600 block of I Street. An elderly woman was returning home from a local casino when she was attacked in her bedroom by the suspect, who police say entered her apartment through a window and was lying in wait. After sexually assaulting the victim, the suspect robbed her of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene.
The second crime occurred at about 10 p.m. Wednesday, when Sparks police officers responded to a call in the 1700 block of Round Mountain Drive. Officers met with the victim, a 61-year-old woman, who said she had returned home from an evening out at a local casino when she was confronted by the suspect in the bedroom of her residence. It appears that the suspect was waiting for the victim in the residence when she arrived home. The suspect forced the victim to give him and undetermined amount of cash before fleeing the residence. The victim in this case was not injured.
The suspect indicated to both victims that he had been watching them prior to the attacks, and in both cases, the suspect has taken cash from the victims after the attack.
The suspect’s description in both cases is similar: a Hispanic male about 5-feet 8-inches tall with a medium build and wearing blue jeans, possibly with a logo on the back pockets, and black tennis shoes. It appears that the suspect is mobile since the crimes have not been in the same area of Sparks.
In addition to the two Sparks cases, the Reno Police Department is investigating an incident with similar characteristics that occurred about six weeks ago. In this attempted sexual assault/robbery, a woman came home and was attacked by a suspect inside her residence in September. The suspect, whose description is similar to the two above cases, attempted to sexually assault the woman and stole her ATM card.
At this time police do not know how the suspect opened the window to make entry. Police strongly suggest that residents make sure all entry points into their residence are properly secured with working locks. In addition, wooden dowels can be placed in the track of sliding windows to make them more secure.
Anyone with information on any of these cases is encouraged to call Sparks Detectives at 353-2225, Sparks P.D. at 353-2231 or Secret Witness at 322-4900.