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Sexual assualt suspects at large

Investigators are looking for two men who followed a woman to her home in the Cashiers area and sexually assaulted her. They believe there might have been similar incidents involving at least one of the suspects, and are urging any other possible victims to call them.

The sexual assault took place Aug. 14 and involved a 34-year-old woman. She described the primary suspect as about 5-feet, 6-inches tall, Hispanic, with brown eyes and black-spiked hair, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

“There have been statements made by other individuals in the community that similar incidents with similar circumstances have occurred in the past,” a news release stated. “The suspect may live or work in the Cashiers area and may frequent stores and restaurants.”

The sheriff’s office is also seeking possible surveillance video of the primary suspect.

The man might have a scratch from his nose to his cheek, though it might at this point be faded, the victim said. Anyone with information should call 828.586.1391.

In an unrelated sexual assault in neighboring Macon County, investigators there continue searching for a suspect who broke into a woman’s home on Rose Creek Cove Road in the Cowee community. The victim did not know the suspect, described as a white male, approximately 6-feet tall, with short dark brown hair, no facial hair, and blue or green eyes. He has a skinny to medium sized frame and a noticeable tan. Anyone with information regarding this case should call 828.349.2104.

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