UPDATE: Bluefield police identify suspect in rape of a minor with special needs

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BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) Thursday, June 4, 2020 6:30 p.m. UPDATE: Police in Bluefield, Mercer County identified the suspect accused of violently raping a child with special needs.

The search began late Saturday night. Detectives tell us the crime occurred just after 10 p.m. Saturday in the alley between College Avenue and Augusta Street. The victim was reportedly playing in a back yard.

Evidence submitted to the state police crime lab did come back with an identity. However, detectives are not releasing the suspect’s name at this time.

BLUEFIELD, WV (WVNS) Sunday, May 31, 2020 7:24 p.m. — Police in Bluefield, WV search for a suspect in the violent rape of a child with special needs.

Detective Kevin Ross told 59 News it happened around 10:20 p.m. Saturday, May 30, 2020, in the alley between College Avenue and Augusta street. The victim was reportedly playing in a backyard. Detective Ross said the suspect is still on the run.

“They described the suspect as an older black male, slender build, and he may have had an adolescent juvenile with him also,” Ross said.

Police are asking for the public’s help in locating this man. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Bluefield Police Department at 304-327-6101

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