Sketch released of Newport News rape suspect

Rape suspect composite sketch provided by the Newport News Police Department.
Rape suspect composite sketch provided by the Newport News Police Department.

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A Special Victims Unit detective is asking for the public’s help identifying the suspect of a rape in Newport News.

The detective who’s been investigating a rape that took place on April 16 has released a composite sketch of the suspect, as described by the victim. If you think you recognize the person depicted in the drawing, please call the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

The crime occurred late at night after a man in a dark green, two-door car stopped at the bus stop on Holland Road in Virginia Beach, according to Holly McPherson with the Newport News Police Department. The suspect offered a 31-year-old Michigan woman a ride to the Amtrak Train Station in Newport News.

When they arrived in the area of Huntington Park on Warwick Boulevard, McPherson said the man became verbally aggressive and demanded sexual contact. When the woman refused, he 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, calling police around 2:40 a.m.

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

Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Line.

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