RIVERDALE, Md. (WJLA) - Prince George's County Police have put out a sketch of a suspect wanted for sexually assaulting a 95-year old Riverdale woman.
The sexual assault happened on 63rd Avenue the night of Friday, February 21st. Police say the man broke into the victim's home, sexually assaulted her, and then fled on foot.
On Thursday detectives went door-to-door handing out a flyer that had the sketch on it. Police say it is possible the suspect lives in the neighborhood, and their hope is someone will be able to figure out who he is from the sketch.
"I do hope they can apprehend him," the 95-year old victim told ABC7. "I think it's very important. I think every effort must be made to find such a person."
She spent three hours with a police sketch artist on Wednesday, and she feels the sketch is a very accurate representation of the man who raped her.
"I have a strong feeling that he's very sick," the victim said of the suspect's mental condition. "And that mixes my feelings because I don't think I feel as severe about somebody who's very ill."
The victims says it would be a tremendous relief if the man was caught, however. She says since the rape she no longer feels safe in the home she has lived in more than 50 years. Relatives have been staying with her at all times.
The crime has horrified the usually quiet East Riverdale neighborhood where it happened.
"I just feel really sorry for her," said resident Marcie Harrison. "I just hope and pray that someone comes forward to reveal whoever this [suspect] is."
Police describe the suspect as a 5'3". His race is either Hispanic or Pacific Islander. He is believed to be in his 20s, with dark curly hair and weighing about 150 pounds.
Prince George's County Police say there is a reward of up to $25,000 being offered for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the case.