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Glendale PD: Suspected rapist seen at Phoenix Walmart

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GLENDALE, AZ (CBS5) -

A man suspected of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl was spotted at a Phoenix Walmart store Wednesday night, Glendale police said.

Officers are still actively searching for and trying to identify the man who allegedly raped a 15-year-old girl at a car wash near 59th Avenue and Camelback.

"This is a child and this is an act of violence," said Officer Tracey Breeden. "That's what it is. And, so, we want justice for our victim."

She said the suspect was captured on convenience store surveillance video buying condoms about 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 29.

Breeden said less than 20 minutes later, he is believed to have kidnapped the teen, who was walking home from a bus stop on 59th Avenue just south of Camelback Road.

"He displayed a gun and forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint," she said.

Breeden said the suspect then drove a few blocks north on 59th Avenue, where he raped the girl at a closed car wash and then let her go.

"This is a very personal and it's a very destructive crime for any victim, no matter what their age is," Breeden said.

On Wednesday, the suspect was spotted with another man on surveillance video at a Walmart near Thomas Road and 37th Street at about 10:10 p.m.

The shoppers who recognized the suspect immediately tried to contact security and police, Breeden said.

But the suspect realized he'd been recognized and bolted from the store, along with the person he was with.

Both men had left the area by the time police arrived, Breeden said.

In the Walmart surveillance video, the suspect had not changed his appearance.

However, when he was seen Wednesday night, he was wearing a turquoise polo-style shirt, dark jeans and gray canvas shoes.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, in his late 20s, standing about 6' tall with a thin build.

At the time of the attack, he was wearing a black and blue striped American Eagle shirt and designer jeans.

"He has a thin mustache and beard," said Breeden about the suspect. "He also has a mole under his right eye, which is a good identifying characteristic."

The man he was seen with in Walmart appears to be Hispanic between 23 and 27 years old.

He is clean-shaven, about 6' tall and weighs 180 to 190 pounds.

He was wearing a black baseball cap, jeans and a gray and white-striped T-shirt.

"It tells us that he (suspect) may potentially still be in the area," Breeden said. "It also tells us somebody knows him."

Police are hoping the man who was with the suspect will come forward with information.

The Sept. 29 surveillance video also caught the suspect's vehicle - a newer model silver Toyota FJ Cruiser with a white roof and black roof rack.

"These types of offenders, sexual offenders are likely to repeat violent crimes," said Breeden. "So it's important that we put a stop to it."

Anyone with information about the suspects or the sexual assault are asked to call Glendale police at 623-930-3000 or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377).

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