Related MediaSurveillance video of sexual assault suspect
Clip shows possible suspect in attack, GPD says
Published: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 25, 2013 at 12:42 p.m.
A seconds-long snippet of video of a man dashing across a parking lot shows the person who police are convinced sexually assaulted a woman on April 15.
The video is from a surveillance camera and is the latest break in a Gainesville Police Department investigation of the attack, which occurred when the culprit broke in the woman’s home in the 400 block of Southwest 10th Street.
“Detectives are definitely 100 percent that it is him,” Officer Ben Tobias said.
The victim, a University of Florida student, was sleeping at about 4:30 a.m. when an intruder got into the house through an unlocked door, sexually assaulted her and left with two MacBook Pro laptops, an iPhone and other personal items.
He was described as a thin, 6-foot-tall black man wearing a gray sweatshirt, black "skinny" jeans and black wrap-around sunglasses.
The video is from the Woodbury Row apartment complex at 1122 SW Sixth Ave.
The clothing matches that of the man in the video, who appears to be carrying something in his right hand or under his arm. The time stamp on the video shows 3:34 a.m., but Tobias said the stamp is about an hour off.
Police are not certain whether he is the same man who attacked a UF student at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday at the Campus Lodge apartment complex at 2800 Williston Road.
In that case, the 22-year-old went to her car to get some school work. A man dressed in black and wearing a black mask and gloves attacked her as she was getting out of her car. She told police she did not see a gun but felt what she believed was a gun.
The man gagged her and tied her hands, but she was able to escape by kicking the man in a vulnerable area. She then ran to her apartment, where her roommates untied her hands and removed the gag.
Police recovered a shirt that had been ripped to form the gag and to tie the woman’s hands.
Tobias said Thursday that police are still trying to develop a suspect in the Campus Lodge case. A spokeswoman for the company that owns Campus Lodge said surveillance cameras did not capture the incident.
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