SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — San Marcos police released a sketch of a suspect in two San Marcos sexual assaults. Another man has been arrested in connection to a sexual assault that is not connected to the others.
Police say the suspect in the sketch is described as a black man who is between 6’2″ and 6’3″ tall. He was last seen wearing a long sleeve black shirt, black pants, black gloves and a black mask covering his face and hair. The suspect is connected to a sex assault reported at the Retreat apartments May 2, as well as one at Cottages of San Marcos on April 24 and an incident at that same complex April 30.
“We strongly urge all residents to stay cautious, lock your doors and windows, and report any suspicious behavior,” police said.
Timeline of San Marcos violent crimes
On Thursday evening, a manhunt for Keith Vallen Louis III, 27, intersected with that separate police investigation of a sex assault at the Retreat complex just a minute or two away.
Louis was wanted in connection to a sexual assault that police say occurred at The Edge apartment complex located at the 1700 block of Old Ranch Road on Monday, April 29.
On Thursday, May 2, police got a call from the Edge Apartments, where the caller said they heard a female voice scream about rape. Police say the woman who screamed was Louis’ roommate. She told them she and Louis had a fight on Monday which led to him sexually assaulting her, and that she hadn’t seen him since. She said she came home Thursday and saw Louis in the apartment which caused her to scream.
Separately and earlier in the night, police had responded to a sex assault report at The Retreat apartment complex just a street over. The victims at the Retreat told police that they had come home to find an armed gunman in their apartment at 12:30 p.m. They said the suspect bound them and sexually assaulted them for two and a half hours and then fled the scene. He was described as wearing all-black clothing and a ski mask.
Witnesses told police Louis was seen in his car leaving the Edge Apartments. According to San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp, Louis’ vehicle was found abandoned in the area which led to the heavy police presence trying to apprehend him.
This is the third sexual assault in eight days in the area and the fourth violent crime in the area in the same amount of time.
On April 24, a sexual assault was reported at the Cottages of San Marcos on Craddock Avenue, which is a student housing complex. On April 30, man wearing all black clothes and a black mask held at gunpoint another resident of that same complex.
On April 21, a series of break-ins were reported in the span of one hour — two of which happened at The Edge apartments and one happened at the Dakota Ranch Apartments. Both complexes are on Old Ranch Road 12. In these incidents, a man entered residents’ homes. One woman says she was grabbed while she was sleeping. Police said a man named Jose Chavez was arrested April 26.
‘Stay safe, lock your doors’
The last week and a half police say the suspect took advantage of unlocked doors and windows.
“We can’t say definitively that he is the person responsible for all of these crimes. So if he weren’t there would be an offender out there that still needs to be captured,” said San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp.
“It’s been pretty concerning honestly,” said Texas State student Christian Delgado, who lives in the Retreat with roommates and says he usually leaves his doors unlocked but not after this.
“We were messaging and snapchatting each other and were like stay safe, lock your doors. Everyone is definitely aware of what’s going on,” said Delgado.
The past few days police presence has been noticeable at the Retreat and at the Edge.
“It was good because they were looking for him but there was a lot of police so I guess it’s serious,” said Texas State Grad student Whitney Ortiz. She says the crimes have been the talk of her biology labs and is worried they’re not entirely solved.
“It’s a little concerning because I live in a house on this side of campus,” said Ortiz.