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Police follow leads in Conway sexual assault

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Police sketch of assault suspect (Source: CPD) Police sketch of assault suspect (Source: CPD)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - The Conway Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifying a man accused of a June sexual assault.

According to Catina Hipp, with the Conway Police Department, the assault occurred early June 6 on Fairway Lane off of Wild Wing Boulevard.

The 20-year-old female victim said she woke up to a white male standing by her bedside with a knife. The victim told police she did not recognize the attacker, nor did she know how he got into the residence.

The victim drove from the house on Fairway Lane in Conway to the police department and was able to help SLED generate a sketch of the attacker.

Officials told WMBF News Reporter Mark Meredith a similar incident occurred along the same block back in March, however at this point police can not confirm if the two cases are related.

Additionally, Coastal Carolina University Police are assisting in the investigation, as both victims are current CCU students. On Tuesday, CCU officials sent out a warning via email to teachers and students about the latest attack.

Tuesday, Hipp said investigators have received numerous tips regarding the case, but none have been substantial. Investigators are urging the public to take a careful look at the sketch and call police immediately if recognized.

About a month after the attack people who live in the Fairways neighborhood are still on edge.

"We get really really freaked out as girls, like it happened right down the street. It can happen to anyone so it's definitely an eerie really scary, scary feeling," said Michelle Sabia, a CCU senior who lives in Fairways.

They say they're on the lookout and they're a lot more careful about locking up and making sure criminals aren't invited in by open doors and garages.

"We freak out about it. We always keep the bar in our back door. We used to never really think about it, but now we keep all the doors locked," said April Beckwith, CCU senior and neighbor.

If you have any information related to this incident, contact the Conway Police Department at 843-248-1790.

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