BASTROP (KXAN) — After a vulnerable neighborhood was targeted and attacked, Bastrop Police are searching for a man they say went door to door offering prayers, but ended up attacking a woman.
Police said the attack happened on Wilson Street at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“Just one knock, I didn’t pay attention because he knocked no more,” said Lee Collins.
Collins said being a close-knit community of senior citizens, it isn’t too uncommon to see people coming by from religious organizations.
“We do have religious groups coming by every now and then, just a couple ladies or something that want to come in and pray,” Collins said, but this time, he noticed a difference. “A single guy by himself. Most times it’s always a couple of people you know.”
Police said the suspect was turned away by many people, but he came back and found a unit with an unlocked door.
The suspect physically assaulted the victim in what police are calling “an attempt to sexually assault the victim.”
“It’s scary, the people are scared,” said James Coy who lives across the street.
Police said they’ve increased patrols.
Officer Tamera McIntyre, Community Resource Officer with the Bastrop Police Department, said, she also had plans to go out to the neighborhood Thursday to speak with the residents.
“If you feel like your hair’s rising up on your back something’s not right, don’t talk to them, walk away and let them know you’re going to call the police,” she said.
She said even if people come by offering prayers, watch out for warning signs.
“To me, if someone is getting to your personal space, to me, that right there is a red flag,” said McIntyre.
The neighbors said, even with increased police presence, they’re still shaken.
“Lock your doors. This is not the 60’s and 70’s. Lock your doors,” Coy said.
Collins said, “Everybody should be locking their doors, and I guess we will be.”
Bastrop Police said the suspect is described as an unidentified black male wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans, and carrying what appeared to be a black book in his hand.
The neighbors said the victim was expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday evening.