JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. – A woman was attacked in a home in the middle of the night and almost raped, according to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department.
It happened just before 3 a.m. Wednesday in South Jacksonville Beach.
Police said the woman left a door unlocked, and a man came into her home and tried to rape her.
A neighbor heard the commotion and called 911. Police arrived in minutes, but the attacker was gone.
Detectives said they have been working around the clock to identify the attacker.
News4Jax crime and safety expert Ken Jefferson talked about what investigators will be doing to try to solve the case.
“You have your evidence technicians come and scour the place for anything and everything that may have been left behind by the suspect. You collect the bedding, you collect the clothing so that you can examine it through the lab for DNA evidence. With the day and age like it is now, you look for surveillance cameras," he said.
Jefferson is a former sex crimes detective who has worked cases like this.
“It’s very bold and brazen,” Jefferson said. “Because the person that broke in doesn’t know what he’s walking into. A person could have been armed and ready to protect themselves on their property.”
A post on Ring’s neighborhood app claims the victim forgot to close her garage door overnight. Police aren’t releasing where it happened or details about the victim for her safety, but officers confirmed it was in the southern part of their jurisdiction.
Officers said the neighbor did the right thing by calling police right away when he heard the commotion. Now, they need others in the area to be extra vigilant, and if you see something, say something.
“You have to always be cognizant of everything that you do to protect yourself — even if it’s a quiet, peaceful, calm area of town that rarely has any kind of criminal activity going on,” Jefferson said.
News4Jax check with police, and there were no other similar cases, so this appears to be isolated.
Officers said the woman is OK.
If you know anything, call Jacksonville Beach police right away at 904-270-1667.