COLLINSVILLE, Ill. – The Collinsville Police Department has released sketches of a man who is wanted in an investigation into a recent kidnapping at a Starbucks drive-thru and subsequent sexual assault.
“He looks like he can be anyone that you can run into,” said Starbucks customer Karen Barbosa.
According to Major Brett Boerm, a police spokesman, the crimes occurred around 7:05 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, in the Collinsville Crossing shopping center.
The victim told police she’d been abducted at knifepoint while waiting in her car for an online order at a Starbucks.
The man, who was wearing a black hoodie, grey sweatpants, and black high-top tennis shoes, displayed a large knife and directed her to drive to the Troy, Illinois area. Once they arrived at the designated location, the man sexually assaulted her.
The man drove the victim back to Collinsville Crossing, parked her car in a fast food restaurant’s parking lot just after 7:50 a.m., and ran away on foot.
“You never know what you’d do until you’re in that situation, but I can’t imagine the pain that he caused her, the trauma that he probably caused her,” said a Starbucks customer named Tiffany.
Police received no additional description on the suspect, other than he was a white male in his mid-30s.
Over the past five days, authorities have identified a vehicle of interest in the case (a dark-colored Chevy Cruze) and are releasing surveillance images of that car, as well as a police sketch of the suspect.
“I have to switch my shifts now because I can’t be out this late because of what happened,” Barbosa. “My parents have me not walking alone.”
A Starbucks spokesperson said in a statement: “Our thoughts are with the survivor of the attack at this difficult time. As this is an active investigation, further questions should be directed to local authorities.”
Anyone with information on this case can contact Detective Sgt. Brad Akers at 618-344-2131 (ext. 5143) or Detective Sam Luna at 618-344-2131 (ext. 5293).