Friday, July 22, 2011

Police release sketch of Waldo-area robber


UPDATE: We forgot to mention earlier that the suspect's ski mask came off during the course of the attack, and the victim was able to get a good look at his face.

Kansas City Police have released a composite sketch of a man who attacked and robbed a woman at 80th and Wornall on Sunday morning.

A 20-year-old Kansas City woman had stopped at a car wash at about 6 a.m. July 19. She was sitting in the driver’s seat of her car with the door open, preparing to vacuum her vehicle. Suddenly, a man wearing a black ski mask and black shirt and pants appeared and forcefully pushed her into the passenger seat, slamming her head on the dashboard. The suspect held a knife to her head and told her he would kill her if she tried to run. He took $45 from her purse and ran from the scene.

The victim worked with a forensic sketch artist and detectives to produce this sketch. She described the suspect as a white male about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 150 to 160 pounds. He had brown hair and appeared to be about 24 years old.

Police urge anyone with information about the suspect to come forward by calling police or the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Please note: A composite is not a portrait of one person, but a grouping of characteristics to put people into a category that narrows the search and eliminates other groups. It is intended to place the focus on a smaller grouping of individuals.