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SPD searches for sexual assault suspect

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SHREVEPORT, La. -

Saturday morning just after 5:30 AM, Shreveport Police say a woman was walking along Bert Kouns Industrial Loop near Mansfield road when a man approached her, ordered her at gunpoint to a secluded area, and sexually assaulted her.

In 2012, SPD responded to 93 reports of rape- the lowest number in decades.

Investigators say they're still trying to collect evidence on this latest sexual assault, starting with nearby cameras.

"There are a number of businesses there along that corridor there." says SPD Cpl. Marcus Hines. "We're hopeful that maybe someone saw anything that they could pass along to help us find who committed this crime."

The 2500 block of Bert Kouns gets some traffic from Willis Knighton South, but there is only one street light on the corner, factors that affect the risk for attacks.

Another key factor- if someone is alone instead of in a group.

"If someone wants to attack you, you become an easier target if you're by yourself," Hines says.

The suspect in Saturday's attack is described as a black man about 5'5" in height and weighing between 130-145 pounds. He was wearing a dark colored hoodie and dark pants. He left the scene on foot.

According to the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization RAINN- the Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network- there are ways for women to protect themselves when walking alone.

  • Be aware of your surroundings and avoid isolated areas.
  • Walk with purpose. Even if you don't know where you are going, act like you do.
  • Don't load yourself down with packages or bags. They may make you look more vulnerable and slow you down if you need to quickly leave a situation.
  • Don't block off natural noise with headphones.
  • Keep your cell phone charged and handy.
  • If a situation, location, or person makes you feel unsafe, trust your instincts.

RAINN emphasizes that sexual assault is a crime of motive and opportunity without a surefire way to prevent an attack.

If you are a victim of a sexual attack, it's not your fault, and you are not alone.

There is a 24-hour telephone crisis line offered in northwest Louisiana.

In DeSoto, Natchitoches, Red River and Sabine parishes call (318) 256-6242.

In Bossier, Caddo, and Webster parishes call (318) 227-7900.

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