Police seek man in armed burglary, sexual assault near UF campus

Published: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 12:03 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 15, 2013 at 1:36 p.m.

An armed man burglarized a home and sexually assaulted a female University of Florida student in southwest Gainesville just after 4:30 a.m. Monday, according to a report.

The victim's male roommate called police to the residence in the 400 block of Southwest 10th Street shortly after the crime occurred, according to the Gainesville Police Department.

The ongoing investigation has revealed that a man, armed with a handgun, entered through an unlocked rear door of the residence. Once inside, the man sexually assaulted the female victim at gunpoint. He then took two MacBook Pro laptops, an iPhone and other personal items before leaving.

The female victim and her male roommate, who are both UF students, originally called the UPD non-emergency number to report the incident. UPD immediately transferred the call to GPD's 911 system and officers were dispatched. UPD officers also responded to assist in searching for the rapist.

A nearby resident saw a man fitting the man's description walking west on Southwest Seventh Avenue. Both GPD and UPD officers searched the area, but were unable to locate the man.

He is described as a black male, about 6 feet tall, thin build, wearing a gray sweatshirt and black “skinny” jeans. He was also wearing black wrap-around sunglasses.

A sketch of the man will be released upon completion of a forensic exam, said GPD spokesman Officer Ben Tobias.

GPD said the man should be considered armed and dangerous and they are urging anyone who can help identify the man to call detectives at 393-7670 or provide an anonymous tip by texting keyword “GPDFL” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES).

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