Woman sexually battered trying to connect to City WiFi, suspect sought: Police

Police said the woman was trying to connect to Wi-Fi outside of the library when she was attacked.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for the suspect who allegedly sexually battered a woman while she was outside a public library trying to access its Wi-Fi.

JSO said the incident happened around 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 16 in the 1300 block of Harrison Street before the Brown Eastside Branch Library was open. The victim was outside of her car with her laptop when an unknown man came up to her with a firearm and tried to rob her, according to police records.

Police said he then forced her into her vehicle where he sexually battered her. He then fled the scene on foot.

Chris Boivin with Jacksonville Public LIbrary said no library staff, other patrons or children were nearby when this occured because the library did not open for another three hours.

The suspect is described as a black man between 30 to 35 years old, about 5-feet-11 inches tall, has a goatee, and was wearing dark pants and a dark-colored hoodie. According to the police report, the suspect is believed to have been under the influence of alcohol. 

The photo released by police is of a possible witness who may have information regarding the incident. The victim reported a witness on a bicycle who spoke to the suspect during the time of the incident. 

If you have any information regarding the person in the photo or the incident, please call JSO at 904-630-0500 or remain anonymous and call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS. You can also email the Sheriff's Office at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org

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