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UPDATE: Man on loose after sexually assaulting elderly woman

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Suspect's vehicle similar to the jeep pictured. Suspect's vehicle similar to the jeep pictured.

DALTON, GA (WRCB) -- The search is on for the man who forced his way into an elderly woman's home and sexually assaulted her.

Police have a description of the suspect and his car, but they need the public's help identifying him.

Just a block from an elementary school, a Vann Circle housing authority complex is full of senior citizens and young families.

That's why Sgt. Matthew Locke says what happened here came as a surprise.

"Middle of the day, younger suspect, older female victim," Sgt. Locke says. "We're very concerned. We want this person off the streets."

Dalton police say a man forced his way into an elderly woman's home around 10:30 Thursday morning.

"Basically, he asked for someone by name and when she told him there's nobody here, that's when he forced his way into her house," says Sgt. Locke.

After raping the woman, who is in her late 70s, he left in what neighbors describe as an older model white Jeep Cherokee.

The victim described the suspect as a white male who's about 30 years old. He is about 5'8" tall and slender. He was wearing a ball cap and what appeared to be a leather jacket and jeans.  

The suspect left the home without taking anything. Detectives say he makes his intentions pretty clear. What isn't clear is if he had prior knowledge that the victim would be home alone.

"As far as she can, that's the first time she's ever had any contact with him," says Sgt. Locke.

While the victim may have not recognized her attacker, neighbors recall seeing his getaway car.

"Some people feel like they've seen it in the area before, so there's a good possibility the person is actually from that area," says Sgt. Locke.

Neighbors were reluctant to go on camera for fear of their safety, but say they'll be on edge until the man is behind bars.

"If anyone has any information that sounds familiar to the description or the vehicle, please call us here at the police department," pleads Sgt. Locke.

Dalton police say if someone comes to your door while you're home alone, don't open the door. If you don't know the person and they won't leave call 9-1-1.

If you can help in this case, you're asked to call Detective Greg Bates at (706) 278-9085 ext. 137.

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