CORAL GABLES (CBSMiami) – Following an armed sexual battery in Coral Gables, police have released a sketch and are asking residents to be on the lookout.

On Monday, at approximately 3:30 a.m., police say a man entered a home through an unlocked window wearing a ski mask and raped a woman in her early 20s before fleeing the apartment located on the 200 block of Menores Avenue.

Police say the man told the victim he had a knife.

The City of Coral Gables Police Department is asking residents to be aware of their surroundings.

“This is not a typical crime that occurs in Coral Gables,” said Officer Kelly Denham.

Coral Gables residents, like Maria Martinez, want the man responsible off the streets.

“I felt safe in Coral Gables and I just can’t believe that something like that would happen here,” said Martinez. “We close doors. We lock windows, but it’s not like we are watching like someone is coming into our home anytime.”

Police were able to come up with the composite drawing because a resident of the building where the sexual assault occurred called police after seeing a “suspicious” man the night before the rape.

“The witness that has helped us with this composite called us on our emergency line and said that there was a suspicious person. Officers went out and were unable to locate that person,” said Officer Denham.

People who live near where the sexual assault happened didn’t recognize the man in the sketch, but promised to be out on the lookout.

“[To] be safe between neighbors is the main thing right now,” said neighbor Felipe Alfonso.

Police describe the suspect as a white male, between 25-30 years-old, brown hair, brown eyes, unshaven with a medium build. He was last seen wearing a long black shirt, black pants and a black baseball cap.

If anyone recognizes the suspect in the sketch, please contact Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS (8477).


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