Portales Police investigating another rape

PNT Staff

Portales police are investigating a second sexual assault in just over a month.

According to police reports, at 12:47 p.m. last Wednesday an 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University female student went to the police department to report a sexual assault that occurred at 1 a.m. that morning.

According to the report, police interviewed four people as potential witnesses and took DNA swabs and scissors with blood on them into evidence. The report noted minor injuries to the victim.

Capt. Lonnie Berry of the Portales Police Department said police have a suspect but had not made an arrest Tuesday evening.

Police refused to release additional details of the incident.
In an Oct. 6 incident, according to reports, 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 attacker in that case 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.

No arrests have been made in that case, according to police.

The Oct. 6 attack, along with another attack that was termed a simple assault on a woman by police, sparked a poster campaign on the ENMU campus that warned of a rapist in the community.

ENMU administration officials admonished those responsible for the poster campaign because of what they said was incorrect information in the fliers.