Suspect in Haile rape returns to Gainesville

Andrew Payne is escorted from a police car to the receiving area of the Alachua County jail on Thursday.

Matt Stamey/The Gainesville Sun
Published: Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 19, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

Andrew Payne Jr., 38, arrived back in Gainesville on Thursday to answer charges that he sexually attacked a woman jogger in Haile Plantation four years ago.

He arrived at 12:07 p.m.

Payne, who was wearing shackles and a striped green jumpsuit, refused to talk to reporters as he was led from an unmarked police car to the receiving entrance of the Alachua County jail.

His bail has been set at $1 million, sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said.

Sheriff Sadie Darnell praised the officers who worked diligently to solve the case.

“What you saw was a walk of shame,” she said. “This is a great day for Alachua County and a proud day for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office."

The brutal attack early in the morning on May 21, 2008, left the woman injured and shocked the area, especially

residents of the affluent community.

Payne was arrested Tuesday morning when 20 law enforcement officers from Florida and Georgia swarmed a trailer he was living in with a fiancee and three children in Willacoochee, Ga., east of Tifton. Authorities said he waived extradition to Florida.

Officials said that advances in DNA technology led to the breakthrough in the case. A report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's crime lab this week led the Sheriff's Office to seek a warrant for his arrest.

Records show that Payne has a lengthy criminal record, including 16 felonies with four convictions and 12 misdemeanor charges, with six convictions.

He has lived in Gainesville and Lake City at various times, with his last local listed address being in Lake City in 2010.

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