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Port Lavaca police offer reward for tips on assault by suspect wearing demon mask

By Jessica Priest
July 24, 2013 at 2:24 a.m.
Updated July 25, 2013 at 2:25 a.m.

The Texas Department of Public Safety Forensic artist department produced this rendition of a mask a man wore during a May assault in Port Lavaca.

How to help

Calhoun County Crime Stoppers will offer an up to $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest or a grand jury indictment of the person who committed the assault. To give a tip, which may given anonymously, call 361-552-2274 or the Port Lavaca Police Department at 361-552-3788.

Port Lavaca police released a drawing Wednesday of a full-headed, rubber mask with ram horns that they believe a man wore during a May assault.

And now, police are seeking the public's help in finding him.

A 59-year-old woman was assaulted while she was walking near the corner of Purple Sage Drive and Jackson Street during the morning of May 14, Detective Colin Rangnow said.

"This is something that we have not encountered, and it's definitely something that is a big concern to us," he said. "Usually, when it comes to assaults, the victim knows the offender, and this is almost kind of a random situation."

A witness who saw the man flee described him as being between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 5 inches tall.

The man was wearing a khaki shirt and shorts, Rangnow said.

The Texas Department of Public Safety forensic artist department produced the rendition.

The evidence collected at the scene continues to be studied.

No other assaults have been reported in the area, Rangnow said.

"We're keeping our ears to the ground," he said.



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