Police ask for help finding man suspected in armed Springfield rape

JSO releases composite sketch of man sought

By Elizabeth Campbell - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Police are searching for a man who raped a woman in the Springfield area, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday night. 

The armed sexual battery was recently reported in the morning hours near West 8th Street, between Boulevard and North Laura streets.

Police said a black man with a mustache approached a woman, displayed a box cutter and forced sexual intercourse before running south toward West 7th Street.

The man was reportedly wearing a light yellow polo-style shirt and blue jeans at the time of the attack. 

Police released a composite sketch of the man, based on the victim's description. 

Kristina Jewett lives with her husband in one of few houses with porches in the area police say the rape happened.

"It’s scary, because we live right here," Jewett said. "We have kids that live in the house. It’s a scary thought that someone is doing this out here."

She says she won’t be walking outside alone any time soon and is keeping the sketch in her mind and sharing with neighbors in hopes that this man is caught.

JSO's crime map tool there have been more than 100 crimes, dozens of those assaults. 

If you have any information about the rape that happened Sunday morning, February 18 you’re asked to call police. To remain anonymous, and possibly receive a reward of up to three thousand dollars for any information leading to an arrest call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. 

Anyone who recognizes the man depicted in the sketch is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. 

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