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Police release sketch of suspect wanted for raping vet tech

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Posted at 5:43 PM, Apr 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 00:57:36-04

PHOENIX — Authorities have released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with sexually assaulting a veterinary technician outside her work last week.

The suspect, identified as a white man between 35 and 50 years old, is about six feet tall with brown curly or wavy hair and a full beard.

Police say he strangled and raped an employee of the Amigo Animal Clinic around 7 p.m. on March 28.

Officers had responded to the clinic near Cave Creek and Greenway roads earlier in the day after a person also believed to be the suspect was exposing and fondling himself near the business and a nearby daycare, but did not find anyone.

At the time of the assault, police say the suspect was wearing jeans and a blue plaid shirt with a white thermal shirt underneath.

Police say the sketch is intended as an approximation of the suspect's appearance and that certain characteristics, such as clothing, hair length and facial hair, are subject to change.

Anyone with information on the suspect's location is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS or 480-TESTIGO. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for up to $1,000.