SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – An Upstate community is still shaken as the search continues for three suspects in a sexual assault near Duncan Park in Spartanburg.
The crime happened more than two weeks ago. A reward is now being offered for information leading to an arrest.
Spartanburg police say the assault was reported on Monday, Sept. 18 and not Tuesday as the department initially said.
“We’ve been coming out for three years for softball practices,” said Lisa Marshall. “It was obvious something was going on.”
It was during another visit with her daughter when she said she noticed a significant police presence.
She says it was shocking to hear the victim was attacked in broad daylight.
The victim told police the men pulled her into the woods across from the baseball field and sexually assaulted her between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
“It’s concerning that this is where we practice and this is where we’re going to practice and they still haven’t caught them,” Marshall said.
Spartanburg Police Department released composite sketches of the suspects, including one with a large cross tattoo on his neck.
“Since that time, we have been getting tips from the public,” Major Art Littlejohn said. He said investigators have been following up on every tip looking for leads. “Right now we have not been able to attach a name to the drawings.”
Officers handed out flyers showing the new three thousand dollar reward during National Night Out on Tuesday.
“Trying to bring justice not only for the lady that was involved but also to bring a sense of calmness to the community,” Major Littlejohn said.
Police are urging anyone who can identify the three suspects to come forward.
“I know that can be a hard decision if it’s someone that you know personally – a family member, someone you love – but there’s someone who’s hurting very badly from something they chose to do,” said Marshall.
Spartanburg Police say people can call or text the department at 864-573-0000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC with any information and to remember they can remain anonymous.