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{{tncms-inline content=”&lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;According to DeLand Community Information Specialist Chris Graham, the DeLand Police Department now believes the alleged perpetrator has attacked more than one woman. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;&amp;ldquo;We have reason to believe he is targeting women in that area, and may have frequented the area in order to find women to harm,&amp;rdquo; Graham said. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt; &lt;p&gt;&lt;span&gt;The previous alleged sexual batteries were not reported to police, Graham said, because the other women may have been engaging in illegal activities at the time.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;” id=”e479839b-c6e4-421f-b433-5588089fd61f” style-type=”update” title=”Update 4:22 p.m.” type=”relcontent”}}


DeLand Police are investigating a sexual battery that occurred Thursday night.

At about 8:06 p.m. 911 received a call from someone who was flagged down by a woman claiming she had been abducted and sexually battered. DeLand Police responded to the victim’s location and she was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

During the course of the investigation, the victim reported to police that while walking in the area of Parsons and Beresford Avenue a Hispanic male forced her into a black Ford Mustang. The victim reported she was taken to a secluded area in DeLand where she was then sexually battered and suffered injuries during the attack.

The woman described her attacker as a tall, slim build Hispanic male with a full head of dark black hair, scruffy facial hair and a thick accent.

The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Detective Ramkissoon at 386-626-7426 or ramkissoonk@deland.org.

— Courtesy DeLand Police Department


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