Fort Lauderdale police pass out fliers as they search for rapist

Fort Lauderdale police passed out fliers Tuesday morning as they searched for a man who raped a woman last week near an apartment complex.

"I've never seen him and the sketch didn't look familiar, and it's just kind of very shocking and very sad," Brad Schlichting, who lives in the area, said.

The incident was reported about 1:30 a.m. Thursday in the 2600 block of Middle River Drive.

Police said the woman was walking in the area when she was approached by a man.

Authorities said the man tackled the victim and raped her on the front lawn of an apartment complex, next to a road.

The man then fled the area in an unknown direction.

Other women who walk the same street said they are happy to see officers being proactive to keep them safe.

"It's very scary, especially that it's a very quiet neighborhood. It's a nice neighborhood, so it's really strange," Maria Patterson said.

The victim was taken by officers to the Nancy J. Cotterman Sexual Assault Treatment Center for a medical examination.

The rapist is described as a white man, about 40 to 45 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a large build.

Police said he has a tattoo on the lower right leg, possibly of an oriental theme.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Yvette Martinez at 954-828-5784 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is offered for information that leads to an arrest. 

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