Police searching for suspect after woman, 73, sexually assaulted in Bloomington

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (June 15, 2015)– Bloomington police are searching for a suspect accused of sexually assaulting a  woman twice on Sunday.

Just before 6 a.m. Sunday, the Bloomington Police Department received a call saying that a woman, 73, woke up on her couch to find a man holding his hand over her mouth and pressing his forearm into her neck.

Police say the man sexually assaulted the victim in the living room before assaulting her again in the bedroom area, at an apartment complex on the southeast side of Bloomington. The suspect may have entered the apartment at around 4:30 a.m.

The victim was able to press a medical alert button in the bedroom that emitted a series of tones that startled the suspect, who fled out a sliding door. There was no sign of forced entry. Police say the suspect might have entered through the same sliding door he used to flee. The victim said it might not have been locked completely.

Medical alert personnel notified Bloomington Police and within minutes, she was taken to the hospital.

You’ve likely heard of the devices before, the tiny buttons with huge, lifesaving potential. If pressed, they notify medical personnel immediately of an emergency.  A reality check for folks with elderly relatives living alone.

“It’s a good thing that she had that, that’s wonderful for people to be able to use that if they don’t have any other means of calling for help,” said one woman.

“If that person is ill and trying to live by themselves, which I respect that, I think it’s a good idea,” said one man.

Police say the suspect is described as a light-skinned black male, early to mid-20’s with short “buzz” hair and a medium build. He was wearing a bright red shirt with thin blue horizontal lines, possibly gray pants or shorts and white shoes that may have been canvas versus traditional leather tennis shoes.

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