COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Columbus Police have released a sketch of the man they say raped a local mother in her apartment, her child nearby.
They now are asking for the public's help in identifying the suspected rapist.
The sexual assault was reported nearly a month ago at the Parkway Place Apartments on Old Cusseta Road, near Farr Road in South Columbus.
Officials in the Sex Crimes Unit say the victim's child answered a knock on their apartment door and once the door was open, a man they had never seen before barged in and raped the 29-year-old mother before getting away.
Now, police are looking for a white man, approximately 25-30 years old, 5'9" to 5'11", 170-180 lbs., skinny build, medium brown hair with natural highlights that appeared to be combed back loosely with hair gel or mouse, clean shaven, brown eyes, last seen wearing relaxed blue jeans and a white T-shirt.
Officials say at this point in their investigation, there is nothing to indicate this incident is related to the rape of another mother inside her North Columbus home back in June.
An arrest has not been made in either case.
The 27-year-old victim's husband tells News Leader 9 his wife went to check the mail at their Sonoma Pointe home off Blackmon Road and came back inside to do chores and check on their child.
"The man was standing there in the kitchen and told her if she screamed, he would kill her. He grabbed her and drug her into my bedroom. On the way, he picked up an ashtray and knocked her in the head with it. He used an electrical cord to tie her hands up to the bedpost," he said in an interview in July.
A sketch of that suspect was also released and he was described as a white man, 30 years old, between 5'10" and 6'1" with dark blonde or light brown hair and a surfer style haircut that comes to his ears.
Investigators say they showed the sketch of the Sonoma Pointe suspect to the victim from Old Cusseta Road and she told police it was not the same man who attacked and raped her.
Detectives also tell WTVM there there doesn't appear to be a connection in these cases to a third home invasion and sexual assault on Blan Street, near South Lumpkin Road, that was reported in late August.
In that case, police say a 29-year-old woman and her 9-year-old son were sexually assaulted inside their home when a stranger barged in.