The Hollywood Police Department on Tuesday released a sketch of the man they believe is responsible for sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl on Saturday after forcing her into his van.
Lt. Osvaldo Perez said that patrol officers are putting the community on alert by passing out fliers of the man believed to be approximately 20 years-old, 6-feet tall and 200 pounds. He has a short beard, dreadlocks down his back and was wearing a diamond earring in his right ear.
“We are looking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect,” said Perez. The sketch was done with the help of the Broward Sheriff’s Office.
The girl was walking southbound at South 24 Avenue and Jackson Street at about 9:45 p.m. Saturday when the man forced her into a van and took her to the 2700 block of Pierce Street where he allegedly raped her.
The van is described as older, dirty light gray or gold.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Hollywood Police Department at 954-967-HELP or 954-967-4411. Tipsters can e-mail or text to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be given to Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS or www.browardcrimestoppers.org.