UPDATE: Abney was taken into custody Saturday evening in Mobile, according to police.
The Foley Police Department is on the hunt for a suspect considered to be “dangerous and violent.”
Investigators said Bernard Christopher Abney, 40, a homeless man, randomly attacked a 21-year-old female in the Wilbourne Antique Rose Tail Wednesday evening.
After identifying Abney as a suspect, police attempted to locate him but were unsuccessful. They are now asking the public for help.
“This case has created a sense of fear within our citizens, and our investigation has been an ‘all hands on deck’ case,” said Foley Police Chief Thurston Bullock.
Police said Abney frequents locations that assist the homeless, and they believe he may be in the Mobile area.
“Abney is considered dangerous and has a history of weapons and violence, so he should not be approached by the public,” Bullock said in a press release. “We are asking for leads and information that may direct us to his whereabouts.”
The victim was treated at a hospital but has since been released and is recovering.
“Her strength and tenacity coupled with fighting back likely ended the attack and possibly saved her life,” Bullock added.
Abney will be charged with second-degree assault with a deadly weapon and first-degree attempted rape.
He is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs around 210 lbs.
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