Police apologize for sketch mix-up in rape case

INDIANAPOLIS - The Shelbyville Police Department is apologizing for releasing the wrong sketch of a suspected rapist, Call 6 Investigator Kara Kenney reported.

On Friday, RTV6 aired an update on a 21-year-old woman who was raped July 21 on West Hendricks Street.

The focus of the March 28 story was the victim’s mother, Joann Ferguson, expressed concern that police had mishandled the case and had yet to make an arrest.

“We’ve told police where the suspect lives, but they haven’t arrested him,” Ferguson said in the story. “It’s terrible. I wish I could put myself in my daughter’s shoes.”

Lt. Michael Turner of the Shelbyville Police Department contacted Kenney Tuesday morning to say the police sketch they provided for the March 28 news report was incorrect.

“The one sent to you was of another incident where we are looking for the suspect,” Turner wrote in an email to Kenney. “We apologize for the mix up in the sketches.”

The photo originally sent to RTV6 was actually a photo of a male suspected of approaching juveniles at a bus stop.

Turner explained both incidents occurred on West Hendricks Street and that all other information provided was accurate.

Ferguson told Kenney Tuesday the mix-up is further proof the agency is mishandling the rape of her daughter.

“For it to be such a high-priority case, you would think they would be looking for the correct suspect,” Ferguson said. “This just shows you how the Shelbyville Police Department is handling this case and others like it in this city.”

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 25 to 30 years of age with a pale complexion, and is approximately 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall.
Anyone with information can contact the Shelbyville Police Department at 317-392-2511.

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