Reported rape renews fears in Medical Center

Police are looking for an African-American man in his 20s, who a 24-year-old woman living in the Medical Center area said held her at gunpoint and forced his way into her apartment Monday night.

SAN ANTONIO - Police are looking for an African-American man in his 20s, who a 24-year-old woman living in the Medical Center area said held her at gunpoint and forced his way into her apartment Monday night. She said that he sexually assaulted her, then left.

It's raising concern for others who live in the area.

"It's scary, doesn't make you want to go out and do anything at nighttime," said Norma Molina, who lives in the Medical Center area.

The San Antonio Police Department would not say where the incident took place, but the apartment manager at Mission Ranch Apartments on Babcock Road told KENS 5 that the incident happened there.

"I'm just concerned about whether I would be the next victim," Molina said.

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Police cannot confirm whether this incident is related to other attacks that happened in the Medical Center area earlier this year. They did, however, pass out a flier to management at Mission Ranch to give to residents. It features a sketch of the same suspect they were looking for in a previous string of attacks in the area.

Police searched the area where the crime took place using K-9 units but have yet to find the suspect.

"This is a very unique situation," said Carmen Vasquez with the Rape Crisis Center. "Most sexual abuse happens with someone that people know and are familiar with."

Vasquez said that the center sees about four rape cases a day in San Antonio.

"It's important that the community knows that there's a sexual assault response team," Vasquez said. "Call the police, go to a local hospital and we have a hotline 24 hours, seven days a week."

For those afraid to report a crisis out of fear of being attacked again, Vasquez says that the center can help relocate victims to protect them.

If you're a victim of sexual assault or know someone who is, the Rape Crisis Center hotline can help at 210-349-7273. You can also visit their official website here.

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