Police Investigate Sexual Assault

4-22-06 – Police in Ardmore are searching for a suspect in a sexual assault early Saturday morning. The 19-year-old victim told police a man hid in the backseat of her car at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Ardmore. The woman says she was done shopping and walked back to her car around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday. When she got in, a man in the backseat told her to drive to a secluded area at Lake Murray.

Police say that is where the assault occurred. The victim says the man then ordered her to drop him off in the northwest part of Ardmore.

The victim immediately called police. She told them she did not see a weapon, but she did provide a description of the suspect: he is a white male in his 40s; he is about 5’8” and 170 lbs. He was wearing a blue bandana and a blue or teal shirt with embroidery. The man also had some gray hair along the sides of his head.

Ardmore police say they have reviewed security tape footage from the Wal-Mart parking lot and believe they have a description of the car. It is a small, dark sedan with a spoiler on the back.

Police are still reviewing the footage.

Lake Murray park rangers are also investigating.