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CPSO investigating rape at Lake Charles restaurant

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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - UPDATE:  The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office has just released an update on the case involving a rape at a restaurant on Highway 14, last Friday. Detectives have learned the suspect could be of Latin descent, possibly Cuban. The unidentified male is described to be in his 30's, medium build and height, possibly having facial hair. If you have any information on this case you are asked to call the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office at 491-3700.

The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a rape that reportedly happened early on Friday morning, June 4 at a fast food restaurant on Highway 14.

Authorities responded to an alarm call around 3 a.m. on Friday morning. When deputies arrived, they found the back door of the restaurant open.

The deputies went inside where they found a female employee in the office who said she was raped by a man who approached her after she had locked up the restaurant and was leaving the store for the evening.  Sheriff Tony Mancuso said, "The suspect encountered the female employee leaving the store, raped her outside the restaurant and then ordered her back inside to open the safe. And of course when she did the alarm went off and that's when he got scared and ran off."

Sheriff's deputies have pictures of the attacker who is described as a black man in his thirties with medium build and height possibly with facial hair and wearing black or dark clothing. Even though the pictures are not real good the sheriff asks people to look at them carefully and call if they think they recognize the man. "What we're asking for is somebody who's an acquaintance of this person, they're going to recognize him even if it's the back of his head or something. Even if they think they recognize him, give us the information and let us explore that. We've gathered as much evidence as we can but we really need to identify this suspect. Obviously he's' someone in our community that we feel is very dangerous, he's raped somebody,"said Mancuso.

Mancuso urges people working late to emphasize safety. "Many times if they would make sure that there's two people that have to lock up and leave together, certainly strength in numbers is always a crime deterrent."

The victim says the man was armed with a knife and hid his face. Anyone with information is urged to call investigators at 491-3782. Detective Mike Primeaux is lead investigator on the case.

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