A concerned resident and a quick-thinking Brookfield police officer combined on Sunday night in the discovery of a vehicle believed to be connected with a brutal attack on a 26-year-old woman in Willowbrook earlier that day.
Willowbrook police have issued a police artist’s sketch of the man they believe forced his way into the home of the woman before sexually assaulting and stabbing her more than a dozen times on Aug. 29.
The woman survived the attack and police have characterized her injuries as non-life threatening. A witness described the suspect’s vehicle as a Nissan Altima with Indiana license plates.
Brookfield police responded to the 4300 block of Deyo Avenue about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30 after a resident called to report that a vehicle was parked in a handicapped spot on the block. The Blue Nissan Altima with Indiana plates had been parked there since Saturday afternoon, the resident told police.
A Brookfield police officer responding to the scene observed that items were spread throughout the vehicle and recalled seeing a bulletin sent out by Willowbrook police the day before, which stated a dark-colored Nissan Altima had been involved in a home invasion there.
A sergeant who also responded to the scene reported seeing an item lying on the passenger-side floorboard of the Nissan and other items that indicated it may have been involved in the Willowbrook incident.
The vehicle was towed from the scene and is being processed by Willowbrook police. Investigators were also checking the vehicle’s registration.