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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

A UF student reported being sexually battered to Gainesville Police early Tuesday morning.

The student said she had been in the midtown area before the incident.

She told police she was walking alone from that section of town and was near the 300 block of Northwest 18th Street when a man grabbed her from behind, restrained her with one arm and assaulted her with his other hand, said Cpl. Angelina Valuri, GPD public information officer.

The 21-year-old student said the incident occurred at about 1:40 a.m.

She was able to fight the man off and ran to her boyfriend's house nearby.

Officers responded to the report at about 2 a.m.

The student told police the suspect was a white male who appeared to be in his 20s, according to Valuri. He was approximately 5-foot-7 or 5-foot-8. She said the man weighed about 155 pounds and had dark hair.

He was wearing a green polo shirt and khaki shorts when he attacked her, she said.

After a search of the area, GPD officers did not find the suspect, Valuri said.

The investigation is ongoing.

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