Police Hope for Help in Child Sexual Assault Case

Police Hope for Help in Child Sexual Assault Case

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Sandra Yi ReportingPolice Chief Rick Dinse: "We believe that somebody does know who this individual is."

It's been five months since a seven-year old girl was kidnapped and sexually assaulted. A suspect hasn't been caught, but police refuse to give up the search. Salt Lake City Police today announced a new, $10,000 reward in the case.

You may remember this case. The victim was kidnapped on 8th West and North Temple. The man later dropped her off in the same area. Months later the family isn't giving up hope for justice.

Anthony, Victim’s Father: "The nightmares have stopped. She still doesn't like to walk across the street, which is where my sister lives."

His daughter is still battling a living nightmare. On September 24th the seven-year old girl was kidnapped, then sexually assaulted. She had been walking with family members on 8th West and North Temple.

Det. Cody Lougy: "They had actually walked ahead of her and just left her for just a few minutes, and that's when the guy picked her up."

Ten to 15 minutes later he dropped the girl off a block away. A witness chased the car, but the man got away. Nearly five months later the suspect is still out there and police have little to go on.

Police Chief Rick Dinse: “This is an important revisit to a case that has dogged our police department since September.”

Det. Cody Lougy, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: “She lives right around the corner. She was very close to home, and so I’m not sure if it was more of an opportunity or if he was watching her.”

Police hope a $10,000 reward will generate new tips and land the suspect behind bars. The victim's family is grateful for that; they want to put this behind them.

Anthony: "I'd like to see him caught, so he doesn't do this to anybody else. But every time I think about it, it does me no good."

Police have released this description of the suspect: He's a Hispanic male, between 30-50 years old. He's 5’ 6” and has a slender build. He has scars or pock-marks on his face. He was driving a gray sports-like type car.

If you have any information on this case, call Salt Lake City Police.

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