Thursday, August 4, 2011

Rose Creek Rape Suspect

Sheriff Robert L. Holland (828) 349-2152
Macon County Sheriff’s Office (828) 349-2104
Detention Center (828) 349-2263
Crime Stoppers (828) 349-2600

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DATE: August 4, 2011

The Macon County Sheriff’s Office responded to an Emergency-911 call at approximately 6:10 pm on Monday August 1st on Rose Creek Cove Road in the Cowee Community. A breaking and entering and sexual assault were reported to have occurred at approximately 5:00 pm on that day. The reporting victim did not know the suspect and his mode of transportation is also unknown.

An investigation started immediately and two Investigators were assigned to the case Monday night at which time they began processing the crime scene and interviewing witnesses. This is an ongoing investigation and the Sheriff’s Office is requesting assistance from any person that observed any unusual or suspicious activity or individuals in this area, specifically including Highway 28/Bryson City Rd., Bennett Rd., and Rose Creek Rd., on Monday or at any other recent time.

The suspect is described as being a white male, approximately 6 feet tall with short dark brown hair, no facial hair and blue or green eyes. He has a skinny to medium sized frame and a noticeable tan. He was reported to be wearing blue jean shorts, a black t-shirt with pocket and flip flops at the time of the assault. It is possible that he has scratch marks on his body.

Investigators canvassed the neighbors in the Rose Creek area and continue to pursue the information they gathered. Deputies from the Patrol Unit set up road blocks to speak with drivers and residents in the area Tuesday and Wednesday and have passed on additional information to the Investigators. Investigators are being assisted by the Asheville Police Department and met today with the reporting victim and a forensic artist to prepare a sketch of the suspect. The sketch of the suspect is shown below.

Sheriff Holland states: “Although this appears to be an isolated incident, I encourage all residents to take normal security measures and to be aware of their surroundings to ensure their safety. I consider this incident to be our top priority and have instructed all of the Deputies involved to treat this investigation as their highest priority. This investigation will continues and I encourage anyone with any information to contact my Office or Crime Stoppers. I would also like thank the Asheville Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office for their assistance.”


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