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posted Mar 29, 2013 - 10:19:21am
Person of Interest Identfied in DeBary Rape
Volusia County Sheriff's investigators have identified and interviewed the person of interest in Friday morning's DeBary rape case (see orginal news release below). No arrests have been made and the person of interest's identity is not being released at this time due to the continuing investigation. More information will be released when it becomes available.
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The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a rape that happened early Friday morning, March 29, in DeBary.
A 27-year-old woman reported that she had left a bar to walk home when an unknown man offered to go with her. After walking together for a while, the man then forcibly raped the woman. The man didn’t have a weapon or imply he had one. The victim suffered injuries from the rape, but didn’t have any additional injuries from the attack.
The DeBary woman was at Shotz Sports Bar, 167 S Charles Richard Beall Blvd., with a friend Thursday night and into Friday morning. Her friend left, but the victim stayed for a while longer. At about 1:45 a.m. the victim left the bar to start walking home.
A little while later she was approached by a tall, thin white man in his 20s with short brown hair. He offered to escort her home and the two started walking together. However, they went in the direction opposite of the victim’s house. She asked the man where they were going and he explained he just needed to stop at his house first. They entered a patch of woods, which the victim assumed was a short cut, and that is when the man attacked the victim.
Afterward, the man asked the victim if she was going to call the cops and she said no. They then both walked away in separate directions. The victim went to a friend’s house and the friend reported the rape to the Sheriff’s Office.
Anyone with information about the rape is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-736-5999 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida, toll-free, at (888) 277-TIPS. Resident can also text a tip by texting “TIP231 plus the message” to CRIMES. Tipsters who provide information to Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous and can qualify for a reward of up to $1,000.
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