Police release report on Oct. 6 sexual assault in Portales

PNT Staff

Editor’s note: This story contains content about a sexual assault that some may find offensive.

Portales police on Tuesday released incident reports pertaining to a sexual assault case that may have led to the distribution of fliers warning of a rapist around the campus of Eastern New Mexico University.

According to the reports, at 4:17 a.m. on Oct. 6 police were dispatched to a residence near the 1600 block of South Avenue G in reference to a break-in. Police talked to a 21-year-old woman who told them she had been sexually assaulted by a man.

The report said she had been attacked in her living room, where she had fallen asleep on the couch. The suspect tied the victim’s hands and started to place tape over her mouth; however, the victim convinced him otherwise by giving an excuse that she had asthma, the report showed.

The attack lasted 15 minutes, according to the report.
The attacker is described in the report as 5 foot 10 inches tall, with a medium build and a long face with mustache.

According to the report, he was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, light blue jeans and had something over his face, maybe panty hose. He was wearing latex gloves and had the hood on the sweatshirt drawn tight over his head.
According to the report, the suspect wore a condom during the assault.

The suspect left the home with a towel, the used condom, duct tape and the latex gloves, according to the report.

A search of the area around the house by police turned up a torn latex glove in the alley as well as a pile of peanut hulls in line with the back living room windows from the alley, the report showed.

According to the report, two children, ages 3 and 5, were in the residence at the time.

The report states the victim sustained minor injuries.

Fliers were recently distributed around Portales, in particular around the ENMU campus, stating two sexual assaults had been recently committed in Portales. ENMU officials believe concerned students on the campus may have instigated the flier campaign based on the Oct. 6 incident and another one where the victim was assaulted in an alley but not sexually assaulted.

ENMU officials released statements expressing their concern but admonishing students for distributing the fliers without solid facts.