Jason Barry, KPHO (Phoenix), May 4, 2012
Crime scene investigators combed for clues around a Phoenix apartment complex Friday, looking for anything that will help track down a violent sexual predator who police said raped and tortured a woman throughout the night.
Carli Patterson lives next door to the 56-year-old victim in the complex at Seventh Street and Indian School road.
“When she yelled for help, I opened my door and she was outside, completely nude,” said Patterson. “Her hands were tied behind her back and there were two scarves around her mouth. She was gagged and tied up with bruises all over.”
The victim told police she had been tortured for hours and raped repeatedly, while being forced to drink bleach.
According to police, a cab driver had knocked on the front door to pick the victim up and take her to a scheduled doctor’s appointment.
It appears that the knock on the door scared the rapist off, police said. The suspect ran out of the apartment and hasn’t been seen since.
Police said the suspect is black, 25 to 30 years old, medium height and build, shoulder-length dreadlocks and wearing a baseball cap backwards, a gray T-shirt, dark shorts and flip-flops or sandals.