Newport News rape suspect still on the loose

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Investigators need the public’s help finding the man who raped and robbed a woman in Newport News two weeks ago.

The incident began on April 16 around 11 p.m. at a bus stop on Holland Road in Virginia Beach, according to Harold Eley with Newport News Police. A 31-year-old Michigan woman was trying to catch a bus to Newport News when a man driving a dark green, two-door car stopped and offered her a ride to the Amtrak Train Station in Newport News.

When they got near Huntington Park on Warwick Boulevard, Eley said the man became verbally aggressive and demanded sexual contact.When the woman refused, the man pulled out a knife and forced her to have sex. Afterwards, police say the suspect kicked the victim out of his vehicle, took money from her jacket and drove away.

A passerby stopped and helped the woman and called police around 2:40 a.m.

People who work along Warwick Boulevard expressed alarmed when they learned of the rape.

“It makes us scared to go out,” said Jan Ward, who works near the crime scene in Newport News. “Then, for it to be like right directly in the area where we work at, that makes it scarier.”

The suspect is described as a white man in his late 20’s to early 30’s. During the attack, the victim noticed a tattoo on the right side of his neck, which read “XIII.” The suspect vehicle had Carolina license plates; the victim could not tell if it was North or South Carolina.

This investigation is ongoing. If you have any information that could help police find the suspect, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

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