JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is searching for a home invasion and sexual battery suspect.
JSO said the incident happened on the Southside on Sunday, May 13 around 1:30 a.m. at an apartment complex near Gate Parkway and Burnt Mill Road.
JSO said a female victim and her father were in the apartment when the suspect kicked in the front door and entered with a handgun.
The suspect then forced the two into a bedroom by gunpoint, sexually battered the woman, demanded money and a cell phone before he fled the apartment, according to JSO.
Police released a sketch of the man and said he is a black male between 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-8, about 170 lbs., but appears to be heavier. He was seen wearing a yellow jacket with a two-letter logo on the upper right chest area, light blue jeans and a white or red hat. They also said he appeared to speak a foreign language.
In a tweet, police also released surveillance photos and video believed to be of the suspect. They said the vehicle entered the apartment around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday, May 12 and left without lights on at 1:53 a.m.
First Coast News asked JSO why it took two days to notify the public and we received the following statement:
The information was disseminated by the PIO Unit as soon as we received it from the investigative unit. There are many moving parts with these types of investigations and are obviously traumatic for the victim. The sketch provided was completed with the assistance of the victim – and these sometimes cannot be completed right away for obvious reasons. We must take into account the victim’s state following the crime and their ability to recount all of the details for dissemination. When we release information, we must ensure the information is factual and as accurate as possible.As with any information dissemination – this was delivered to the public as quickly as possible given the situation.
If you have any information, call JSO at 904-630-0500.
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