Police Release Sketch of Man Who Assaulted Liberty Woman

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LIBERTY, Mo. -- The Liberty Police Department is investigating after a 40-year-old woman was reportedly abducted early Tuesday morning and forced to drive to a remote area in Lafayette County, Mo., where she was sexually assaulted.

Police said the woman was forced into a car at about 5 a.m. on April 17.

The victim told police she around 5 a.m. on Tuesday, April 17, she was stopped at an intersection near M-291 Highway and Main Street in Liberty, Mo. An unknown man jumped into the back seat of her car and ordered her to drive. The man threatened to cut her if she did not do as he said. She was forced to drive to a remote location in Lafayette County where she was sexually assaulted. She was able to escape when the suspect got out of her car to smoke a cigarette.

The suspect was described as a medium build white male in his thirties, with collar-length curly blonde or reddish hair and wearing a green T-shirt. The victim said the suspect smelled strongly of cigarette smoke.

Liberty police are seeking the public’s help in identifying the suspect depicted in a police artist’s sketch. Anyone with information is asked to call the Liberty Police Department at 816.439.4701, the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department at 660.259.3622 or the TIPS Hotline at 816.474.8477.

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