Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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January 4, 2013

Sheriff seeks info on sexual assaults

Sheriff Bob Alford reiterated that the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation of sexual assault cases that occurred in the eastern part of the county last year continues and once again urged anyone with information on the cases to contact JCSO.

The first assault occurred June 8 in the 5000 block of County Road 605 near Burleson. The suspect attacked a woman who was jogging from behind, held her at knife point and dragged her to a secluded area where he sexually assaulted her. He then robbed the woman of her jewelry and fled the scene.

The second occurred Sept. 27 in the 11000 block of CR 604 near Burleson. The suspect attacked a woman who was smoking outside of her home, put a sharp object to her neck and sexually assaulted her.

The suspect is described as a white male between 5 foot 5 inches and 5 foot 10 inches in height with a medium build, dark colored hair and scruffy facial hair. He wore a dark colored T-shirt and dark colored carpenter pants.

Both assaults occurred in the same rural area, JCSO Lt. Tim Jones said.

When asked if the same suspect is believed to be responsible for both attacks, Alford said the descriptions in both are very similar.

Alford said tips from residents led to several suspects, all of whom have been interviewed and cleared and added that he remains hopeful someone will come forward with information leading to the suspect.

Anyone with information is urged to call JCSO at 817-550-6060 or 817-556-6055 or CrimeStoppers at 800-794-8477.

Alford also reminded residents to remain aware of their surroundings and the people they observe in their neighborhood.

“Don’t become lax or complacent because another offense hasn’t occurred in recent weeks or because you may live in a city rather than the unincorporated part of Johnson County,” Alford said. “If you see someone who doesn’t belong in your neighborhood, be nosey, watch them, write down their license number. Write down a description of them, make note of their actions.”

Suspicious activity should be reported to JCSO or your local law enforcement agency, Alford said.

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