Police in Gainesville, Florida are still on the hunt for a suspect who, they say, viciously assaulted a woman, and may strike again.
At approximately 6:30am, on May 21, 2008, the victim, 36, was jogging on a trail located near her house. Heather Phillips, detective of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office, announced that “while she was jogging, a man suddenly emerged from a wooded location and delivered a blow to her head with a gun, breaking her jaw.” Authorities declared that the victim was then forced to the ground by the assailant. Then, he sexually assaulted her. Then, he fled, as if he did not reveal any indication of remorse, or as if nothing happened.
The attack seemed to be really brutal and heartless, calling this “one of the worst sexual assaults observed.”
Authorities declared that the entire incident ended when another female jogger had approached the area. Steve Maynard, a lieutenant for the Gainesville Police Department, added that the second jogger initially did not seem to be aware of what was actually going on. She, according to Maynard, actually first believed that the victim was hurt and required assistance, and that the man was assisting her.
The vehicle the assailant was driving was described as compact and dark-colored. Authorities say that the assailant parked the vehicle, against the flow of traffic at the entrance of the Indigo Square Subdivision of Haile Plantation. The trail passes by the entrance, which is situated on a main, 4-lane road.
The crime scene would have been noticeable to people who were passing by and the assailant made no effort to hide.
Police say the woman’s injuries as a result of the attack could have been deadly if it wasn’t for the second jogger, since the incident occurred close to a busy intersection where there were lots of people. Hence, according to detectives, the attacker did not seem to have any fear or concern of being apprehended, deeming him as “brazen.”
The suspect is described by authorities as a black male in his late 30s to early 40s containing a dark complexion, medium build, and natural hair around 1 inch long. He wore a black shirt and black shorts, and he had a silver-colored pistol in his hand. He was also well-groomed.
Even to this day, with the suspect unidentified and still at large, police have little to go on.
As a result of the incident, the community reacted by planning several walks and events in order to raise money. In addition, a $20,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the apprehension of the suspect, and is still considered a likely threat to society. With that said, additional uniformed and plain clothes officers were sent to the area by the sheriff’s office to investigate. Also, people in the area were advised to use further caution. The assailant may still be in the Gainesville area; but since more than two years since the attack have passed, the assailant could be anywhere right now. So let’s try to make this monster face justice soon.
Anyone with any further information about this case is encouraged to contact the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office at 352-367-4185 or the Gainesville Police Department. It is highly recommended that tipsters should remain anonymous when reporting tips about actual criminal cases.