Martin County community regroups after sexual assault

Using Facebook to connect

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - With Luke and Jacob running all over her Port Salerno home, Brook Oser has her hands full. And after a day cooped up inside, they usually head to Manatee Creek Park.

"We normally go there every afternoon at 3 o'clock," said Oser.

They were walking near the park a week ago Sunday when they saw police cars and an ambulance go by.
They soon discovered a 10 year-old girl had been lured into the woods by a man and assaulted. So Oser turned to Facebook and started a new neighborhood watch page.

"People aren't so quick to say hi in the streets or say 'how you doing' in the streets," said Oser.

The neighborhood is already taking action. This Sunday at 9 a.m. the group is organizing to come out to the park and clear away all the brush that rings the park so no one has anywhere to hide. 

Martin County has agreed to haul it all away for free.

Martin County Sheriff William Snyder says the search for the suspect continued throughout the weekend.

"The longer a case goes on, the more challenging it can become," said Sheriff Snyder..

The sheriff says his agency is still getting a lot of leads, often as many as two an hour, and are still eliminating suspects called in by resident tips.

"That's a complex challenge. We have to check alibis. We're waiting on physical evidence from the lab," added the sheriff.

Snyder is optimistic that with the communities help that they'll able to solve this.

Brook Oser is confident they won't have another case like it in the park.

"With our neighborhood coming together the way they are and standing together to make this place safer, he's not going to come by us again, " said Oser.

The Sheriff said it's imperative for parents to remember where their kids are at all times.

The suspect  is described as a white male in his early 20's,  5'9", 190 pounds with a buzz cut and a brace or cast on his arm. He may also have a mole under his left nostril.

If you have any information, contact the MCSO at 772-220-7170.

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