Police: Man attacked student at UF dorm

Published: Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, February 1, 2004 at 12:21 a.m.
A University of Florida student was attacked early Saturday morning by a man who knocked on the outside door of her residence hall, according to police.
Travis David Latner, 26, of Newberry, was arrested by the University Police Department around 3:30 a.m. Saturday after he was identified by a student who said she was attacked in the stairwell of the Thomas Hall Residence Area.
According to a University Police news release, the victim said she came home to Thomas Hall around 3:17 a.m. After entering the stairwell, she heard a knock on the outside door and thought she recognized the man standing outside. When she opened the door, she realized she did not know the man, but she assumed he was just visiting a friend in the building.
Once she had started up the stairs, the man grabbed her from behind and put his hands around her throat. The victim turned and punched the attacker repeatedly in the stomach, causing him to back away. Once he had stepped back, the victim said she noticed a small knife in his hand. The man then backed away toward the door as the victim ran up the stairs.
According to the release, officers were on the scene within a minute of receiving a call from the victim, and thanks to a good physical description and direction of travel given by the victim, they were able to locate a suspect in the vicinity of the residence hall.
The victim identified Latner as the man who attacked her. He was charged with felony aggravated battery and taken to the Alachua County jail.

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