CORAL SPRINGS (CBSMiami) – Coral Springs detectives hit the streets Thursday morning handing out flyers with a sketch of a man they say sexually assaulted a female employee at a doctor’s office on Monday before setting the building on fire.
Coral Springs police spokesman Lt. Joe McHugh said firefighters were called to the office building on the 9700 block of NW 33 Street Monday after someone called in a fire.
As they were evacuating the building, firefighters found a woman unconscious in one of the offices. Officials believe the fire originated near where the woman was found.
The woman, who has not been identified, was transported to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.
Through the course of the investigation, detectives learned that a man entered the doctor’s office where the victim worked demanding prescription drugs.
The woman told the man that they did not stock prescription drugs. Police say at that point, the man became enraged and sexually attacked the woman before choking her to the point where she became unconscious.
“I was alone,” said worker Tricia Moret. “You know, it’s scary. There are always vagrants hanging around buildings and we are always on the phone with Coral Springs police.”
“Somebody like this is an extremely sick individual to attack a poor woman who’s just here trying to make a living and actually sexually assault her during the attack is an extremely scary situation for her,” said Lt. McHugh. “Could possibly go out there and do it again.”
The man was described as being Middle Eastern or Hispanic, mid to late 20’s, 5-11″, thin build, dark hair, dark eyes, groomed eyebrows, wearing a dark t-shirt and blue jean pants.
Coral Springs Police also said the victim was able to provide a crucial clue about the attacker.
“She told us he was sweating profusely and so we believe he was walking,” said. Lt. MuHugh. “We are hoping to jog someone’s memory. So we want to get this flyer out and they will contact police.”
Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Jeff Payne of the Coral Springs Police Department at 954-346-1757 or Broward County Crime Stoppers at (954) 493-TIPS.