Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Hell is too good for this villain!

A woman who stopped at a Cottonwood Heights gas station around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday was raped on a restroom floor as she held her 1-year-old son in her arms and her 3-year-old daughter looked on.

The 21-year-old woman stopped at the Phillips 66 at 2235 E. Fort Union Blvd. after her daughter said she needed a restroom, said Salt Lake County sheriff's spokesman Paul Jaroscak.

The woman checked to make sure the restroom door was open, then returned to her car, got her two children and went back in, Jaroscak said. There, a man was waiting for her.

"He told her not to scream, not to flee, or he would hurt the 3-year-old," Jaroscak said.

The woman did not struggle, all of the while holding her 1-year-old son in her arms, he said. After the man left, the woman stayed in the restroom with her children for several minutes. She did not see which direction he left, or if he had a car.

Traumatized and frightened, the woman reported the incident Wednesday after a friend or family member encouraged her to contact police, Jaroscak said.

Her alleged attacker is described as a Latino male who is between 35 and 40 years old; he is about 6 feet, 1 inch tall, with a muscular build, short black hair, brown eyes and a teardrop tattoo near the corner of one of his eyes.

The man was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans, a navy blue baseball cap and black shoes with a red line on the side. He speaks English with a heavy Spanish accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chad Reyes at 743-5851 or Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office dispatch at 743-7000.

I hope the gas station has this guy on video so there's a conviction followed by a firing squad.