Albuquerque Journal (New Mexico)
BYLINE: Bruce Daniels, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.
Las Cruces, NM
DNA profile recently completed for suspect in June 1 attack on Las Cruces woman.
Sep. 9--A criminal "John Doe" warrant was filed this week for the still-unidentified suspect in the violent rape of a 25-year-old Las Cruces woman under a bridge on the banks of the Rio Grande in June, Dona Ana County sheriff's Sgt. Joe Reynaud told the Las Cruces Sun-News.
A DNA profile of the man was completed in mid-August, and while it doesn't match anyone currently in the county's system, it will be submitted to the national Combined DNA Index System and the FBI's databases, the Sun-News said.
If the suspect is apprehended, he will likely face charges of criminal sexual penetration, kidnapping and possibly charges of aggravated battery and other counts, officers have said.
The "John Doe" warrant will protect against the seven-year statute of limitations for filing a warrant from expiring, Reynaud told the Sun-News.
According to police reports, the woman was walking home from work late on the night of June 1 when a man in an SUV passed her several times, then killed his lights and struck her with the vehicle, knocking her to the pavement, the paper reported.
The man then got out of the vehicle, asked the woman if she needed help, put her in his car and took her to the river where she was repeatedly raped at a well-known party location knowned as Thousand Poles, beneath the Interstate 10 bridge over the Rio Grande, the Sun-News said.
The man was initially described as Hispanic, between 20 and 30 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, with a medium build and short, black hair, according to police. Because of the darkness and conditions of the incident, no composite sketch was made.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (575) 525-1911 or, after 5 p.m., (575) 526-1795, or from outside Las Cruces, 1-800-332-2121 or 1-800-260-0911.
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