ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) - Police need the public's help identifying a man they say sexually assaulted a woman before robbing her at a southeast Albuquerque apartment complex Wednesday afternoon.
"The whole sex crimes unit was dispatched to this call because of the nature of this call," APD Officer Simon Drobik said.
It was a random encounter between strangers at the Cinnamon Tree Apartments around 2 p.m. that quickly turned violent, according to APD.
"The offender at some point was walking through the apartment complex, asked her for a cigarette. She went back inside her apartment and got it. Came back out and gave him that," Drobik said. "When she went back in, he kicked the door in, forcing the chain off the door -- kind of home invasion style -- found some duct tape and was able to duct tape her up, and unfortunately sexually assaulted this female," Drobik said.
Police say the man sexually assaulted the woman in her sixties, then robbed her before fleeing the scene near Louisiana and Central.
"He's wearing a lot of jewelry on his hands and necklaces and possibly carrying two duffel bags," he said.
APD doesn't have much to go on except for the victim's statement and surveillance video from the apartment management's office. Drobik is hoping someone will recognize the suspect based on some unique characteristics of his appearance.
"Tattoos on both forearms, possibly a huge scar on his face. Somebody knows this guy and we need that person to come forward," Drobik said.
Drobik said the suspect might have a scar that stretches from his forehead to this chin. Another possible identifying factor of the suspect is his clothing, Drobik added. He was last seen wearing a knit cap, blue or black in color with an orange "666" on the front; grey sweats with a shirt that has black and brown stripes on it. Drobik said the suspect is possibly in his twenties and Caucasian with dark hair, hazel eyes, and is about 5'7" with an average build.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 843-STOP and can remain anonymous.