By Tiffany Pelt - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Lubbock Police hope a new sketch will help catch a 2006 sexual assault suspect and maybe lead to solving some murder cases that have gone cold.
Four years after the attack, the victim came forward with more information about her attacker. Police said the victim used to be a prostitute, but has now cleaned up her act and wants to pursue sexual assault charges.
Police said back in 2006 the suspect choked the victim until she passed out and then raped her. "This sexual assault crime has a few similarities, has some factors that the detectives looked at, and said you know we like to also see whether it might be connected to some of the other homicides," said LPD Captain Greg Stevens.
Since 1999 there has been a string of murders including women said to be prostitutes. Police are now looking into those five unsolved murders to see if there are any connections with this sexual assault case.
Those cases include 29-year-old Monica Adams. She was found dead in August of 2008 from blunt force trauma. Then in 2007, 40-year-old Selena Kuykendall's body was found beaten and stabbed.
Twenty-one-year-old Linda Carbajal was beaten and strangled in 2004. A year before that Cynthia Palacio's body was found dead. She was also strangled. In 1999 Amanda Gschwend was found dead from blunt force trauma to the head. All of these murders remain unsolved.
Even though these women were all said to be prostitutes, and some strangled like the victim who came forward, police said there are also many differences in the cases, and that they don't want to jump to conclusions.
"If we are able to determine that the individual is involved in any other crimes and in particular what we're talking about here, any open homicides then obviously we're going to look looking that."
The sexual assault suspect is described as Hispanic with a light complexion, brown eyes, somewhere in his mid 20's to mid 30's. He also has a tattoo on his upper right arm of a red rose with a green stem. Above the rose is the word "Noel" or something similar and below the rose is the name "Martinez".
If you have any information you are urged to call Crime Line at (806)741-1000. You can remain anonymous.
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