Troy Assault Update

By: Ashley Edlund Email
By: Ashley Edlund Email

Anna sears has lived at hunter's mountain mobile home park in troy for the last two years.

Sears said, "There's never been any inclination that anything's that scared me at all Hunters Mountain has always been a safe place to live but with recent events everyone's on edge."

Sears is talking about two sexual assaults that occurred at the mobile home park just hours apart on March 26th.

The first incident happened around 3:30.The second occurred around 7:30.

Officials have confirmed one of the victims was a student at Troy University.

Ever since the assaults, the shaken campus has been working overtime, trying find the person behind the attacks.

Dean of Student Services at Troy University Herbert Reeves said, "We have four new additional police officers who have joined our staff. We had not planned to start that until next week, however because of the situation we have them out and working as of last night."

While Troy is beefing up security, the cash rewards are adding up. Governor Robert Bentley, the university, the mobile home park and even concerned parents are offering rewards totaling 25 thousand dollars for any information leading to an arrest and conviction.

A break came in the case Friday, when a composite sketch of the suspect was released. He's described as a black male around 40-50 years old, around 6-feet tall with a heavy athletic build. Police say they're hopeful someone with information will step forward.

Sgt. Benny Scarbrough of the Troy police department said, “Maybe if somebody has seen an individual that look like this person or fit this description then maybe it could jog their memory or give a positive identification of the suspect in this case.”

But rumors surrounding the case haven't been easy for police to work around

Sgt. Scarbrough said, “There was a couple that other instances had occurred in Troy and none of that is factual, none of that occurred, especially any incidents like the ones we're talking about here.”

For Sears, finding the man responsible means the community she's known for the past two years will be safe again.

Sears said, “They've done a lot to help us feel safer but nobody's going to feel completely safe until the man is caught.”

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