A woman was attacked and raped Wednesday morning while jogging in Haile Plantation, according to local deputies.
The attack occurred at about 6:30 a.m. in the Indigo Square Neighborhood, which is at the intersection of Southwest 94th Street and Southwest 46th Boulevard. The 36-year-old woman suffered multiple serious injuries that were not life-threatening. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
"This goes down as one of the worst sexual batteries I've seen," said Lt. Steve Maynard, spokesman for the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
A passing jogger interrupted the attack and witnessed the man get into a dark-colored four-door sedan before driving away. The victim described her attacker as a black man of medium build who was wearing a black shirt and black shorts at the time of the attack.
He was armed with a silver-colored handgun.
The area of the attack is being canvassed, and Haile residents are being contacted about the attack through a prerecorded phone message.
Deputies have also called UF police to advise them of the crime and to tell them to notify UF students, Maynard said.
If anyone has any information regarding this case, contact Detective Heather Phillips at (352) 367-4185.