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Jacksonville Beach police investigate New Year's Day sex assault

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – Detectives are investigating a sexual assault that happened in the early-morning hours of New Year's Day, the Jacksonville Beach Police Department said Friday.

According to police, it started about 3 a.m. Tuesday and continued until about 4:43 a.m. in several locations from Beach Boulevard north to possibly Sixth Avenue North and from Second Street east to the oceanfront. 

Police described the suspects as a black male and a black female. But a 30-year-old man from Jacksonville's Northside, who identified himself as the victim, told News4Jax that he was out celebrating the New Year when he was robbed, kidnapped and sexually assaulted by two men and two women.

The man said he was walking around looking for food while waiting for the bus back to Jacksonville early New Year's Day when a group of people approached him, started threatening him and throwing punches. The man said they stole his wallet and cellphone, and he had to walk to the Walmart at Beach and Hodges boulevards to get money from people to take the bus back to Jacksonville.  

Investigators said they are working several leads in the case and had no other details to release at this point in the investigation. 

Jacksonville police told News4Jax on Friday afternoon that they were not aware of any arrests.

Anyone with information or who believes they witnessed something suspicious in the area around that time is asked to call detectives at 904-270-1661.


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