Police release sketch of rape suspect in Southwest Miami-Dade

SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) - SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released a sketch of a person wanted for the rape of a woman in Southwest Miami-Dade.

According to police, the victim was waiting in a friend’s car in a parking lot near Southwest 72nd Street and 157th Avenue when a man sneaked into the car and told her in Spanish, “They abandoned you.”

Officials said the man then forced the 43-year-old woman into the backseat of the car and raped her, before fleeing in a blue car, around 5:30 a.m., Nov. 16.

The man is believed to be in his 30s and is described as having an athletic build, between 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet tall, with short black curly hair.

“The bottom line is that she was inside the car,” said Miami-Dade Police Detective Argemis Colome. “This guy came out of nowhere, you know, approached her, asked her, ‘Are you abandoned?’ and then took her into the backseat and sexually assaulted her, so we need to get to the bottom of this. At the moment, this seems to be an isolated incident. However, we still want to remind everybody that maybe at 5:30 in the morning it’s still dark out, so please, if you’re in any area that you’re parked in a vehicle and you’re gonna remain in your vehicle, try to be in a well-lit area, an area that might have some population around, and again, if you see anything that’s out of the norm, you need to call 911 right away.”

If you have any information on this rape, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.

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