Comanche Police Department and Stephens County Sheriff’s Office officials search for a suspect in a sexual assault that happened Saturday, night.
On Saturday, April 6, a violent sexual assault took place on the northwest side of Comanche Lake.
The Comanche Police Department is working with the Stephen’s County Sheriff’s Office and OSBI to find the suspect who they believe has left the immediate area.
The victim sustained serious injuries, but none were life-threatening, but according to officials, crimes like this sexual assault don’t happen in the city of Comanche often.
“This is extremely rare around here,” Assistant Police Cheif Michael Moore said. “I’ve lived here since I was a kid with the exception of a couple of years, and I can count on one hand since I was old enough to pay attention, that this has happened in this area much less in this town. It’s just not something we deal with on a regular basis here.”
Because of how rare it is, there was some shock at the crime and fear in the town when everyone heard about it.
“A little bit but not too much, you know,” resident Knisley Miller said. “I thought it was really crazy and I think it’s really sad what’s happening. A whole bunch of kids are always out there and the school is not too far from there. I just don’t like it.”
The description of the suspect has a few features that would seem to make him easily recognizable, like a vertical scar on his left cheek and missing some teeth, but that hasn’t helped narrow down the search as much as police hoped.
“I thought so as well until I started looking for it and there is an unfortunate number of people that fit that description,” Moore said. “We are just having to go through and eliminate them as we can.”
Police officers do not believe this attacked was planned, but that this was a crime of convenience. They also believe the suspect has most likely left the area.
“I am trying to stress, we were confident at that time that he was not in the area any longer,” Moore said. “Fourteen, 15 going out and tracking people down, doing interviews and clearing folks. And that has been everywhere from leads from here to east of Chickasha, in Chickasha, Lawton and we’ve got guys out now tracking down additional tips that have been called in. I want to stress that people need to continue to do that.”
With the suspect’s description being shared on social media and leads from the public, Comanche Police have a better chance of solving this crime.
If you have any information about this crime you are urged to contact the Comanche Police Department and you can find the full description and composite sketch here.