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Sudbury police look for suspect in sexual assault

Posted September 25, 2008 06:55 PM

Police are on the hunt in Sudbury, armed with a composite sketch and possible vehicle description after a resident was sexually assaulted in the quiet western suburb Wednesday night.

The attack occurred at the Longfellow Glen apartment complex on Boston Post Road/Rt. 20, police said.

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The victim was going into her building's laundry room at about 10:40 p.m. when a man approached her and attacked her, said Sudbury police Lt. Scott Nix.

The victim called police and was taken to an area hospital for treatment and examination. Yesterday she spoke with police and provided details for a composite sketch, which was released to the public.

The suspect was described as a white, approximately 25-30 years old, 6' - 6'2" with buzz cut sandy blond hair. He was wearing a blue t-shirt, jeans, and a black baseball cap. Police said the victim did not know her attacker.

The victim told police she had gone for a walk on Boston Post Road earlier that evening and noticed a shiny, black Ford pickup truck following her. She said the suspect may have been driving the truck, with has a large dent in the driver's door.

Police are warning area residents to be careful walking alone, especially as the early nights of fall and winter seasons arrive.

"People should take due diligence and be aware of their surroundings," Nix said. "People should be cautious and report anything suspicious as soon as possible."

The Globe does not name victims of sexual assault.

There are three level 2 and no level 3 sex offenders living in Sudbury, according to the Executive Office of Public Safety.

Authorities would not say whether the woman was raped, saying they did not want to release details of the attack at this stage of the investigation. Nix said the department would be coordinating the investigation with the Middlesex District Attorney's Office.

Rapes and sexual assaults are rare in the community, 20 miles west of Boston. There have been four total sex crimes in 2008 in Sudbury, Nix said. The last reported sexual assault in town was in April.

Longfellow Glen is the only privately-owned rental community in Sudbury. The multi-unit complex has about 300 rental units, according to town officials

The Lincoln Police Department assisted in the case by providing a police sketch artist. Anyone with information is asked to call Sudbury Police at 978-443-1042.

-- John M. Guilfoil

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