Neighborhood Watch Formed After Johnson Co. Sexual Assaults

Two women assaulted near Burleson

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012  |  Updated 11:32 PM CDT
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Residents in a rural part of Johnson County where two women have been sexually assaulted are forming a neighborhood watch.

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Residents in a rural part of Johnson County where two women have been sexually assaulted are forming a neighborhood watch.

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Deputies Release Sketch of Johnson Co. Attacker

A woman in her front yard and a female jogger were sexually assaulted just east of Burleson around country roads 604 and 605. The Johnson County's Sheriff's Office has released a sketch of the attacker.
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Nearly 100 Johnson County residents are forming a neighborhood watch after two sexual assaults just east of Burleson.

Both attacks occurred in rural Johnson County around country roads 604 and 605.

"We're not going to let you do this to our loved ones, and you're not going to do this in our community," Elizabeth Fowler said.

Residents said they want to see the attacker caught but also say it's high time they started looking out for each other.

"One of my favorite sayings is 'the best deterrent to crime is a good nosy neighbor,' and I got a lot of nosy neighbors here tonight that want to get involved and want to help," Sheriff Bob Alford said.

On Sept. 27, a man attacked a woman in her front yard at about 11:30 p.m. Investigators said the man also attacked the jogger on the afternoon of July 8 and dragged her into some nearby bushes.

"I won't even go to the grocery store by myself because I'm concerned that maybe when I get home to unload the groceries, he's there," Donna Brown said. "I have small children. I'm scared. Even in my own home, I'm scared."

A surveillance camera now watches an area not far from where one of the women was attacked -- a local bus stop for neighborhood children.

"I'm not always happy with Big Brother watching, but in this case, I'm really grateful Big Brother's watching," Fowler said.

The Johnson County Sheriff's Office said both victims gave similar descriptions of the attacker. Neither victim saw or heard the attacker's car.

Sheriff's deputies last week released a sketch of the man. Deputies say the attacker is about 6 feet tall. He wore a red ball cap with sunglasses and a plaid shirt and carried a knife or sharp instrument.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Johnson County Sheriff's Office.

NBC 5's Scott Gordon and Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.

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