Elderly woman sexually assaulted, police investigate

Elderly woman sexually assaulted, police investigate

ALTUS, Okla._ Authorities in Jackson County are searching for a man who sexually assaulted an elderly woman in her own home.

The 84-year-old said she was watching TV Wednesday, June 3, when she heard a knock on her door. According to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office, the woman opened the door and the man forced his way inside, where he attacked her.

Sheriff Roger LeVick said the person who commits this type of crime is usually a repeat offender. He says people in and around Altus need to keep an eye out for any suspicious individuals, or unusual behavior.

"This is one of the worst things I've worked on in my career," LeVick said.

Sheriff LeVick has been in charge since 2007, he says he has never seen anything like this. He would not release the condition of the 84-year-old woman because of their on-going investigation, but he did stress how important it is for people in the area to stay alert.

"I think he is about as dangerous as you can get. I'm not a profiler or anything like that. This person will do it again, it's just the nature of the beast," LeVick said.

The suspect is believed to be between 35 and 40 years old, about 5'5" and has a muscular build. He is also believed to have light blue eyes and sandy colored hair.

The Altus Police Department and Jackson County Sheriff's Office have joined forces to find him. Sheriff LeVick says while they're searching, the best thing the community can do now is keep their doors closed.

"Somebody you don't recognize, don't open your door," LeVick said. "Be prepared and don't hesitate to call the sheriff's office or the police department, depending on where you live, if you've got concerns."

The sheriff's office plans to bring in Harvey Pratt, who is one of the best forensics artists in the country, to sketch the suspect.

Anyone with information or tips is asked to call the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 580-482-0408 or the Altus Police Department at 580-481-2296.