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Jacksonville police: Man sought in armed sexual battery

Do you recognize man in composite sketch JSO released?

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jacksonville police said Tuesday that they need the public's help to find a man wanted in an armed sexual battery.

The attack was reported at 4 a.m. Sunday in the Woodstock area near West Beaver Street, police said.

The victim described the attacker as a black male, 5 feet 9 inches to 5 feet 11 inches tall, with a thin muscular build, low-cut hair and unshaven, with facial hair or a beard. The attacker had a dark-colored mark, possibly a tattoo or a birthmark, on the lower outside portion of one eye, police said. He was reportedly wearing work-type clothing, including cowboy boots, blue jeans and a tan, stained shirt. 

The victim said the attacker left the area in a light-colored, possibly tan or silver, work truck with unknown wording on the door. It appeared to be a full-sized, older-model work truck. There was a utility-tool box in the bed of the truck against the passenger compartment, police said.

"It's terrible," said resident Sheila Antoun. "Especially with kids that walking up and down this road every day."

Cyara Beatty said she and her young sister take walks together every day in the Woodstock neighborhood, but the attack has them worried about their safety.

"I don't know about how we're going to be walking anymore," Beatty said. "There's a park right here. I mean, kids are here every day. This is not a neighborhood where there should be violence like that." 

News4Jax asked several neighbors if they recognized the man portrayed in a sketch released by police, but no one was able to put a name to the face.

"He looks somewhat familiar," resident Nicole Ritchie said. "But I walk my dogs twice a day. So how often I see him, I couldn't tell you."

Anyone who recognizes the man depicted in the sketch is asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).


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