Reward now offered in Springdale assault

cwinston@thestate.comNovember 12, 2013 

— The Springdale Police Department hopes a new reward offer will help locate a man accused of impersonating an officer and sexually assaulting a woman.

Police Chief Kevin Cornett announced Tuesday that an anonymous Midlands-area business is donating $2,000 to Crimestoppers. The money will go to anyone who provides a tip that leads to an arrest in the Oct. 22 incident, when a man used a small blue light on his dash board and stopped a woman in her early 20s on her way back from Midlands Technical College.

The incident occured at the 1000 block of Wattling Road and the suspect told the victim that her tag lamp was out and used the traffic stop to get the victim out of the vehicle. The suspect then began to physically assault the victim with his fists and forced her into the edge of the woods and sexually assaulted her, a news release said.

The suspect then got into his vehicle and drove off toward Augusta Road.

The suspect was described as a white male in his early twenties to mid-30s with light brown or red hair, light colored eyebrows and no facial hair. The suspect was wearing a black T-shirt with “POLICE” on the front, a black windbreaker law enforcement style jacket with no patches. He also wore khaki pants, black low quarter police style boots and a black holster similar to a radio holster, not a gun holster, the release said.

The suspect’s vehicle is a small four-door compact car, dark in color and possibly black, and a small blue light on the dashboard.

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact CrimeStoppers by calling (888) CRIME-SC, texting to CRIMES (274637) and marking the beginning of the message with "TIPSC,” or logging onto www.midlandscrimestoppers.com and clicking on the red "Submit a tip” tab.

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