GPD pursues leads in sexual assault case

The Gainesville Police Department provided these stock images of a backpack stolen from a sexual assault victim on Monday. The "Get Up and Give" patch was on the backpack.

Published: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 11:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 3:47 p.m.

Police are continuing to investigate the sexual assault of a Gainesville woman that occurred during a break-in at her home early Monday morning.

Gainesville Police Department Officer Ben Tobias said the agency hopes to release soon a composite sketch of the culprit to draw the public's help in the case.

On Wednesday, the agency provided stock images of a backpack that was stolen from the victim. There is a "Get Up and Give" patch on the backpack.

"Detectives are still actively working (the case)," Tobias said. "We have a lot of different leads and a lot of different things that we are going after, but nothing definitive yet."

An armed man burglarized a home and sexually assaulted a female University of Florida student in the 400 block of Southwest 10th Street just after 4:30 a.m. Monday, according to a GPD report.

Police believe the man entered through an unlocked rear door and sexually assaulted the woman at gunpoint. He then took two MacBook Pro laptops, an iPhone and other personal items before leaving.

A nearby resident saw a man fitting the attacker's description walking west on Southwest Seventh Avenue. Officers searched the area but couldn't find the man.

He was described as a thin, 6-foot-tall black man wearing a gray sweatshirt, black "skinny" jeans and black wrap-around sunglasses.

GPD said the man should be considered armed and dangerous. Officers 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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