Irving police appeal for help to solve rape case




Posted on July 18, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 18 at 10:23 PM

IRVING — A warning is going out in Irving after a stranger raped a woman in her own home.

Police said the man followed his victim from a store off Highway 183 and Esters Road, then attacked her at knife point.

The assault occurred on Thursday, June 21. The 54-year-old victim was walking in her apartment when a man forced his way inside.

"A stranger-on-stranger sexual assault is very rare in our city," said Irving police Officer John Argumaniz.

Police believe the suspect followed the victim about two miles from the store to her apartment.

Detectives are now going public with a surveillance photo of a person of interest who was in the same store at the same time as the victim, around 9 p.m.

"He was in the same proximity at the front, and as she was exiting — even in the parking lot of the store," Argumaniz said.

The photo of the person of interest has been circulating through the department for a while, but officers haven't been able to find him or identify him.

"If anybody knows who this person is — or if they believe they know someone who knows this person — any information that could lead to identifying the male in the picture would be very helpful to investigators," Argumaniz said.

The man is believed to have been driving a white truck, either a Ford Ranger or a Mazda.