Wichita Police looking for sexual assault suspect

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Wichita Police are looking for a suspect in connection to a sexual assault that occurred near 13th Street North and Volutsia early Saturday morning.

Police say the victim was walking in that area around 1:30 a.m. and was approached by an unknown male. Police say the suspect physically assaulted her, took her to a nearby vacant address, and sexually assaulted her in the yard.

The victim was taken to a nearby hospital and treated for her injuries.

Wichita Police Department Sex Crimes Section is investigating the case.

Anyone who has any information about this crime should call the Wichita Police Department or Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111 and reference case number 17C045895.

Donald Marshall said he was asleep when he heard a woman pounding on his door early Saturday morning around 1:30.

"'Help me. Help me. Somebody is trying to kill me,' that's what I heard," said Marshall.

Marshall said he was skeptical the woman was really in danger at first.

"This is a bad area, so you don't just get up and unlock your door," said Marshall.

By the time Marshall opened his door, he said the woman was gone.

Marshall said he believes the woman was the assault victim, but police have not confirmed that.

He said shortly after that, police showed up putting up crime scene tape around a home he said no ones live in currently.

Even before the incident, Marshall said he was concerned about the shrubs out front, blocking the home.

"Would you walk through here late at night?" Marshall said. "Anybody can run behind them bushes and grab you. You can't see the house through the bushes and the trees, so anybody could be hiding out behind those bushes. "

Brittany Hughes lives a few houses down and said she was sitting in her car 30 minutes before the assault happened.

"It could have been me, but like, I'm blessed that it didn't happen to me," said Hughes.

She said she hopes police find the man responsible for hurting the victim.

"It puts me a little bit at flight risk, like I don't feel safe knowing that he's still out there and that like he could attack at any time," said Hughes.