Firefighter accused of raping woman

Police: Attack downtown appeared to be random

Published On: Jun 25 2012 02:24:17 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 25 2012 11:53:46 PM EDT

A Jacksonville firefighter is being held without bail after his arrest early Sunday on a sexual battery charge in what appears to be a random attack of a woman leaving a downtown bar, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Daniel Evans, 30, a three-year member of the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

According to a police report, a woman had just left Dos Gatos on East Forsyth Street and was walking to a parking garage when Evans struck her in the head, dragged her into an alley, beat and raped her.

Jacksonville police were flagged down by a witness who heard the assault, according to the report.

Evans was arrested after the witness identified him as the suspect he saw running from the alley, according to the report.

Police said he appeared to be heavily intoxicated.

Neighbors were shocked by the allegations.

"He's a good guy. He just had a baby by his wife or girlfriend... that does not sound like him at all," said Phil McFarlin.

Evans worked at Station 21. He is scheduled to appear in court July 17.

Evans opted out of having his booking photo released, per Florida law protecting public servants.