KISSIMMEE — Osceola County detectives are asking for the public’s help in finding a man accused of sexually battering a woman at knifepoint.
The attack happened in the early morning hours on Sunday, as a woman was leaving her job at a Kissimmee restaurant.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office is asking anyone who might have information on this brutal assault to contact them immediately. Based on a description provided to detectives by the victim, the suspect is a Hispanic man, believed to be about 30 years old, who is 6 feet tall and weighs 180 pounds.
“He speaks English with a slight Spanish accent,” Twis Lizasuain, the public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, noted in her report on the assault.
The victim also provided a description of his hair and clothing.
“He had shaved hair along the front hairline, with a curly ponytail in the back and heavy hair on his arms and legs,” Lizasuain said. “He was wearing denim shorts, a dark colored shirt, black sneakers and white socks.”
The sheriff’s office also released to the media a composite sketch of the suspect.
The incident happened over the weekend. The woman who reported the assault to detectives on Monday said that on June 24 around 4:30 a.m., she was leaving her job at the Smokey Bones Restaurant at 2911 Vineland Road in Kissimmee, and started walking toward the bus stop.
As she did, a man she didn’t know came up behind her and held a gun to her back.
“He told her to keep walking and directed her to the west end of the Rock Church, where he sexually battered her prior to leaving the area on foot,” Lizasuain noted.
Rock Church is 5515 U.S. 192.
Anyone with information on this attack is being asked to call the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office at 407-348-2222 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).
Calls made to Crimeline remain anonymous, and tips that lead to an arrest are eligible for a $1,000 cash reward.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office also sent out a notice today that its deputies will be conducting a Safety and DUI Sobriety Checkpoint on Saturday, June 30 in the county.
Motorists approaching the checkpoint should be able to see informational signs advising them that a sobriety checkpoint is ahead. Motorists will then be diverted into the checkpoint lane, where deputies will explain the purpose of the checkpoint and check the motorists’ driver’s license.
The sobriety checkpoint, Lizasuain said, is a part of the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to promoting safety for motorists who are using the public highways, and to provide a deterrent to anyone potentially violating traffic laws and regulations.
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