An assault victim tearfully spoke out Friday, hoping the public can help police identify her attacker.
Police say the 19-year-old woman, identified only by the pseudonym "Sophia Evans," was selling vacuums door-to-door in December when a man lured her into a vacant house. Police say he brutally beat her and left Evans for dead. Locked inside the house, she crawled through a broken window to reach help.
Evans spoke to media at the Austin Police Department headquarters, saying that she wants her attacker captured. She said she wants the opportunity to confront the man who almost killed her.
“I will do anything in my power to help catch this guy," she said. "I want to ask ‘Why?’ Was it random or did he plan it? And why me, and if he has done this to somebody else," she said.
Police said Evans was not sexually assaulting in the attack, but that the attack was sexual in nature. They said the suspect could live in the area and might be a construction worker.
The suspect has been described as a white man in his mid-30s about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He had short blonde hair with unshaven side burns.
Witnesses tell police they saw a man matching the suspect's description walking into a wooded area in the Del Valle Stony Ridge neighborhood following the attack.
Anyone with information is asked to call APD’s Sex Crimes Unit at (512) 974-5925 or Crime Stoppers at (512) 472-TIPS.