Police searching for suspect who attacked Talent woman in her home

Talent police are searching for a man who reportedly attacked a woman inside her home Wednesday morning.

The attack took place at a home in the Shady Brook Mobile Home Park at 236 Talent Ave.

The woman left her home at around 7:30 a.m. to escort her child to the bus stop. When she returned she heard a noise in a rear bedroom. Suddenly a man appeared and attacked her, said Talent Police Chief Mike Moran.

"We believe the suspect was attempting to sexually assault the woman," Moran said. "We were disturbed by this crime."

The man attempted to choke the woman and punched her several times. The woman fought him off, causing him to flee the scene.

The man was last seen running through an empty lot on the north side of the complex.

The suspect is a Hispanic man, about 28 years old, 5 feet 6 inches tall with a slender build, short dark hair, no facial hair and a pockmarked face. The suspect left behind a "ZeroXposur" brand black ski coat with gray highlights. Officers found a gray pin-striped shirt inside the pocket of the coat, police said.

During the assault, the victim received minor injuries that did not require medical attention, police said.

Moran said the man possibly faces serious felony charges that could land him in prison for decades. Among the crimes that could be lodged against him are first-degree burglary, attempted rape, assault, kidnapping and others.

"We want to get this guy off our streets as soon as possible," Moran said. "We appreciate any tips that could help find him."

Moran suspects the man might be staying with someone at the mobile home park. He said the man probably kept watch on the woman and knew when to enter her home.

"We think he had watched her for some time and knew that she would leave and be home in a short period of time," Moran said.

Medford police sketch artist Chuck Steinberg will be asked to complete a composite sketch of the suspect sometime today.

Meanwhile, Talent investigators are knocking on doors at the mobile home park to see whether anyone can shed light on the case.

"Maybe someone saw the man running from the house that morning and can give us more to go on," Moran said.

Anyone with information on a possible suspect is asked to contact the Talent Police Department at 541-776-7206.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471, or e-mail cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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