AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin Police are searching for a suspect who is accused of sexually assaulting a child at a southeast Austin apartment complex earlier this month.
It happened April 1 at the Sophia Apartments on Willow Creek Drive, police said. A neighbor of the victim captured the incident on their doorbell camera and saw the footage after it happened, then reported it to the police, saying they believed the child had been sexually assaulted.
Neighbors said the apartment complex is now under new management.
The Austin Police Department said during a press conference Tuesday afternoon the investigation revealed the victim — an 11-year-old girl — was sexually assaulted.
APD said members of the community confronted the suspect after the incident, and the suspect fled the scene. Video of the full APD press conference is below.
The suspect is described by APD as:
- Hispanic man around 30s-40s
- 5’5 to 5’7 in height and heavy-set in weight
- Has black hair and facial hair
- Reportedly speaks Spanish
- Last seen wearing a short sleeve red shirt, dark grey or green shorts and yellow and purple shoes
APD said the photos below were taken one week apart. The photo on the far left was taken March 25 and the other two were taken the day of the incident.
APD believes the suspect frequents the apartment complex, and there is video surveillance of him from March 25 and April 1, the morning the incident happened.
“Somebody should speak up, because that’s a kid,” said Benji Thompson, who lives near the apartment complex and has been there before.
APD’s child abuse unit is asking for the community’s help in identifying the suspect.
Anyone who may have information about the incident is urged to call the unit’s tip line at (512) 974-6880 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.