Latest attack puts attention on increasing San Marcos sex assaults

Sketch of suspect in San Marcos sex assault on May 6 (San Marcos PD Photo)
Sketch of suspect in San Marcos sex assault on May 6 (San Marcos PD Photo)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) – The Hays County Sheriff’s department is still searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a 22-year-old woman after picking her up outside a bar in downtown San Marcos late last week. The attack brings to light the increase of sexual assaults happening in San Marcos.

“She started getting sick, a passerby happened to walk by and asked her if she was okay and asked her if she needed help then guided her to his car,” said Hays County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Dennis Gutierrez.

That’s when the 22-year-old woman blacked out, she later woke up and realized she had been sexually assaulted. The Department of Public Safety assisted Hays County in creating a sketch of the suspect, but without a name, many questions still remain.

“Obviously there are a lot of rabbit trails we have to follow now to see if we can identify this person,” said Gutierrez. “We are talking about a sexual assault, this can’t get any worse for a female or a male. We take these crimes very serious and we will do everything in our power to locate the suspect and make an arrest in this case.”

The sheriff’s department won’t be releasing the name of the bar because they say the case is under investigation. They say their next step is to now review video cameras around the square and inside the bar in hopes of gathering more clues.

This case is just one of many that Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center has seen over the past year. “We’re fairly certain that we are going to surpass the total that we had last year,” said Melissa Rodriguez, the Director of Community Partnerships of Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center.

Just last year the organization helped 468 sexual assault victims. So far this year, they have already reached more than half of that number. Rodriguez says one of the top reasons is a growing population. “Primarily, it is a university town, generally speaking, young adults are out alone for their very first time, and they are in a new town, not really knowing people. But, It is our opinion that people should be able to do that, if you are legal, you should be able to go out and have a good time without being sexually assaulted.”

The best safety tip shared by Rodriguez and law enforcement is to stay in groups and make sure you have a buddy system who knows where you are.

If you have any information regarding this sexual assault case, you are asked to contact the Hays County Sheriff’s Department.

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