Monday 24 July 2017

E-fit of man sought in connection with woman's rape released

Undated handout image issued by the Metropolitan Police of an e-fit of a man they want to speak with in connection with the rape of a young woman Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Undated handout image issued by the Metropolitan Police of an e-fit of a man they want to speak with in connection with the rape of a young woman Credit: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

Jemma Crew

Police have released an e-fit image of a man they want to speak with in connection with the rape of a young woman.

The woman in her 20s was attacked by a man as she approached her car in Tooting, south-west London, shortly after midnight on September 21.

The man forced the woman into an address before he raped her and fled the scene.

The suspect is described as a man of Asian appearance with a thin moustache, aged between 20-25, around 5ft 7ins and slim.

He was wearing glasses, a red hooded top and light tracksuit bottoms at the time of the attack.

Detective Inspector Andrew Wadey, from the Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: "I am appealing directly to anyone who may recognise the man in this e-fit to get in touch and tell us who he may be. The e-fit is extremely clear and I am certain that someone will know him; he may even be someone close to you.

"This was a terrifying attack on a lone woman and it is really important that we catch him as soon as possible."

Police have obtained a DNA profile of the man, which they say will help them quickly verify or eliminate potential suspects.

No arrests have been made and inquiries continue.

Anyone who recognises the man or who has information should call detectives on 020 8721 4251, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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