SFC police distribute sketch of kidnapping suspect


Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 9:52 a.m.

The Santa Fe College Police Department was handing out fliers Tuesday morning, hoping to jog someone’s memory about a reported kidnapping on campus late last week.

The fliers being distributed by officers show a composite sketch of a man suspected of kidnapping an 18-year-old Trenton woman on Thursday afternoon. The student told investigators the man kidnapped her from the parking lot where her car was parked then drove around for a few hours before she was able to get away from the truck as it slowed down in traffic a few miles from campus.

Police recovered the woman’s backpack over the weekend but were still looking for her cellphone on Tuesday morning.

The composite sketch of the suspected kidnapper was put together with the victim’s help. Officers began distributing the picture over the weekend, Chief Ed Book said. Because of the weekend and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Book said, Tuesday morning was the first opportunity for police to talk to students face-to-face about the incident.

“We are also reminding them about the services we offer,” Book said. That includes escorts for those walking to a parking lot alone.

While Book and his agency work on campus safety and security, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office has been working on the criminal aspects of the case, including identifying the suspected kidnapper.

Investigators have identified then man as having a dark complexion and possibly being of Middle Eastern descent. He is between 5 feet 8 inches and 5 feet 11 inches tall and is in his late 20s or early 30s.

He had close-cut hair, an unshaven face and a tattoo on the back of his right hand, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

He was driving a small, dark pickup truck with dark tinted windows and a gray interior.

Anyone with information about the man’s identity is asked to call 955-1818. Those with information who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 372-STOP/7867.

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