Police issue descriptions of suspects involved in kidnapping, sexual assualt

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Police have released the descriptions of three suspects involved in a kidnapping and sexual assault that occurred near downtown San Marcos late Wednesday morning.

The three men are believed to have abducted a woman and her four-year-old child Wednesday at approximately 11:30 a.m. In a statement released to the City of San Marcos, Police Cmdr. Penny Dunn said the woman was driving on the east end of McKie Street approaching the access road of Interstate Highway 35 when she was rear-ended by another vehicle. When the woman got out of her vehicle to assess the damage, a Hispanic male forced her into her own backseat while a second Hispanic male entered the driver's seat of the vehicle and drove away. A third Hispanic male followed in a truck, described as an older model maroon GMC with peeling or fading paint. This area of the incident is near a low water crossing with heavy vegetation growing by the street. 

The first male is described as being in his 40s with a shaved head and a square patch of facial hair on his chin. He has cross tattoos on his forearms and is around 6 feet tall. The other men involved in the incident referred to him as "Dago."

The second man is believed to be about 18 to mid-20s in age, and is about 5 feet 5 inches tall. The male, referred to as "Chico" by the others, is described as thin with closely cut hair, and a tattoo on his neck of an unknown word.

The third suspect is about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 foot 7 inches tall, with a medium build and a Mohawk-style hair cut. He is described as having an injured nose or bruised eyes.

Dunn said the woman's head was covered as she was taken to an unknown location where she was sexually assaulted and strangled, causing her to lose consciousness. 

When the victim regained consciousness, she returned to her residence and called for police and emergency medical services, Dunn said.

The victim's four-year-old child was not harmed during the incident, but the mother suffered several non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to a hospital for treatment. Limited information was obtained due to her medical condition.

Because the investigation is ongoing and contains sensitive situations, police will not release information regarding the victims' identities.

“Our department and several other agencies are working full time on this investigation,” said Police Chief Howard Williams in a statement from the city. “We want to reassure the public that every effort is being made to identify and arrest these offenders. Our officers on patrol are keeping a close look out and we have sent out bulletins throughout Texas that we are searching for these suspects. We will keep the public informed as to new developments.”

The San Marcos Police Department is asking anyone who may have observed suspicious activity or a minor accident near Cheatham and McKie Streets to call Criminal Investigations at 512-353-2300.