By Geena Martinez
BIG SPRING - It's been one week since an elderly Big Spring woman was brutally raped, attacked and left for dead.
The suspect is still in the run. Now, police are offering a big reward for tips leading to an arrest and indictment. The reward is worth more than $19,000 and they expect that number to grow.
Big Spring Police Chief Chad Williams wants to send out a clear message.
"Our focus is catching this suspect and seeing that justice is served," Williams said.
For the last week, the community has been on edge and investigators on the hunt for a dangerous suspect who attacked an 85-year-old woman. Police said a Hispanic man made his way inside the victim's home before forcing her into her car.
He drove the woman to Radio Tower Road and that's where he sexually assaulted and then stabbed her ten times.
A man who was present at a press conference on Thursday, and who appeared to know the victim, said her throat was slashed twice.
"These types of crimes are horrible anytime they happen," Williams said. "You hope they never happen but unfortunately that's not reality."
Police revealed there was no forced entry into the home and at this time the attack appears to be random.
"Overall, we have a very safe community," Williams said. "It's hard to know what the full intentions of the suspect were, if it was just gonna be a burglary or robbery and then it escalated from there. We don't know."
The woman is in critical but stable condition. The Texas Rangers are lending their resources to the investigation.
DNA evidence has been collected but that could take weeks to get processed. Police are hoping a reward of more than $19,000 will bring new leads. The money was donated by residents and businesses around town.
"We wanna encourage anybody that has any information to give us a call," Williams said. "Something you've heard on the street or a tidbit of information that you know could snowball and lead us to suspects."