Victim speaks out in bid to catch 2003 Washington rapist
12:10am Monday 22nd July 2013 in News By Mark Summers
A RAPE victim is today urging people to help catch the man who attacked her ten years ago.
Today (Monday July 22) is the anniversary of the knifepoint ordeal suffered by the victim, then aged 16, in Washington Old Village.
She was walking near the junction of the A1231 and Parkway at 8.30pm when a man dragged her into nearby bushes and raped her.
He threatened the girl with a knife leaving scratch marks on her throat.
The victim said: "Please help me find the man responsible for raping me so no one else has to go through what I am going through."
Detectives have continued to carry out extensive enquiries, but have not yet found the attacker.
DNA has allowed officers to eliminate more than 1,000 people from the enquiry.?
Superintendent Jim Napier, of Sunderland Area Command: ?Ten years ago a man raped a 16-year-old girl and threatened her with a knife in a vicious attack.
?Despite extensive enquiries he has never been caught and the victim has had to live for the past ten years knowing her attacker has never been brought to justice.
?We?re renewing our appeal to make sure he gets caught and faces the consequences of the attack and give the victim the opportunity to move on from the ordeal.
?The man will know he is wanted by police and our message to him is despite it being ten years since the attack, our enquiries will continue and new forensic advancements will mean we will find him."?
The rapist, now about 50, is 6ft tall and of medium build.
He was wearing a blue baseball cap, green cagoule or rainjacket, blue jeans and brown shoes.
Anyone with any information should contact Northumbria Police on 101, extension 69191 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.