Police receive, investigate tips about Lake Lotawana attacker

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LAKE LOTAWANA, Mo. — Lake Lotawana Police Chief Brent Miller told FOX 4 on Tuesday that detectives continue to gather and investigate leads as they look for the man who attacked a woman nearly three weeks ago on Langsford Road near MO 7 Highway.

sketch of suspectBefore the Memorial Holiday weekend, Lake Lotawana Police released a sketch of the man who tried to force a woman in her 30s, whose car had broken down, into his white work van with a ladder rack on top.

The man has discernible pock scars on his face and a very large scar that runs from his brow to his chin.

The woman says her car broke down on Langsford Road, approximately 200 feet west of MO 7 Highway at about 11 p.m. on May 7. The man pulled over, his headlights shining very brightly, she remembers.

The victim at first thought the man was stopping to help her, but then she quickly became suspicious.

“The suspect had grabbed ahold of her ponytail she had in her hair that evening and yanked her backward and she starts struggling with him and fighting while she’s on the ground and kicking backwards at him,” said Chief Miller, Lake Lotawana Police Dept.

“At this point the suspect pulls out a handgun and puts it in her side and says, you’re going back to my van.”

She complied, but then decided to fight again. She managed to escape from him, ran across Langsford Road, hid in some tall weeds and used her cell phone to call for help, but the suspect heard her on her phone and found her.

“They start fighting again and she manages to get over the fence. And she hides in what she thought was a brush pile,” said Chief Miller.

But then he found her again and they began another struggle.

The woman thinks sirens in the distance scared him off.

The police chief told FOX 4 that tip calls continue to come in. They received at least a couple more on Tuesday and are filtering through them, he said. If you have information about this subject or incident please contact the Lake Lotawana Police Department at 816-578-4333 or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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