Man arrested in sex attack

A 22-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of raping a woman at knife-point in her home.

Uniformed officers, backed by an air support unit, chased the suspect through West Bay after he was spotted late Tuesday morning near Powell Smith Drive in West Bay. He was caught around noon after what police described as a “long foot pursuit.”

A manhunt had been under way since the attack was reported last week. The woman reported that she was punched, threatened at knife-point and then sexually assaulted in her home in North West Point.

West Bay divisional commander Frank Owens said the woman was apparently targeted at random by her assailant, whom she did not know. He said patrols had been stepped up in the area and all available resources had been dedicated to finding the suspect.

Police Commissioner David Baines said Tuesday, “We know this case has concerned the community and we have devoted all of our energies to investigating it and making this arrest. My thanks go out to the officers involved who have worked tirelessly on it since it was reported last Thursday night, as well as the members of the public who assisted us.”

The suspect, from West Bay, is in custody in George Town and is being questioned on suspicion of “aggravated burglary, relating to the burglary and sexual attack,” according to a police statement.