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Bradenton police search for suspect in home invasion sexual battery, robbery

BRADENTON -- Bradenton police are searching for a gunman who late Tuesday broke into a house and robbed and sexually assaulted the homeowner.

The attack happened about 11:47 p.m. at a house in the 500 block of 19th Avenue West, according to a news release.

A composite sketch of the suspect, put together with details provided by the victim, was released Wednesday afternoon.

"We've got everybody out looking for him," said Capt. Warren Merriman, spokesman for the Bradenton Police Department. "We're working on this as a priority."

After ringing the doorbell to no response, the assailant entered the home through a window, police said.

The suspect sexually assaulted the resident and struck the victim's face multiple times with a handgun before fleeing the scene on foot, the release stated.

The suspect took an undisclosed amount of money from the residence, police said.

The suspect is described as being 20 to 25 years old and standing about 6 feet tall and weighing 160 pounds. He has brown eyes, a thin build and dark complexion. He was wearing dark shorts and a button-up shirt, according to police.

Merriman said detectives are unsure if the invasion was random or targeted, but did say the victim did not know the suspect.

Merriman said there are no persons of interest or leads in the case.

"We just hope we get him before the next one," Merriman said.

"If anyone does have a subject ring your doorbell late at night, if you don't know who it is, do not open the door and contact law enforcement in your jurisdiction," he said.



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Anyone with information about the case can call the Bradenton Police Department at 941-932-9300 or Detective Leonel Marines at 941-932-9327. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-634-8477(TIPS) or send an E-Tip at www.manateecrimestoppers.com.

Elizabeth Johnson, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter@EJohnsonBHcrime.

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