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Man recalls Jacksonville rape suspect threatening his daughter, her boyfriend in Baker County

by: Larry Spruill, Action News Jax Updated:

The man charged with breaking into a woman’s Jacksonville home and raping her is in jail.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office announced on Thursday the arrest of 28-year-old Travis Jakubowski.

Investigators say he may have also pulled a machete on another couple in Baker County. Roland Thornton's daughter and her boyfriend were at a Baker County gas station on Friday when they ran into Jakubowski.


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“I seen him, I was eye to eye,” Roland Thornton said.

Thornton tells Action News Jax he came in contact with Jakubowski after he said Jakubowski threatened his daughter.

“This guy apparently pulled out a machete, was waving it at my daughter, showing her the machete, while she was out there by the gas pump,” said Thornton. "He had a .45 or a pistol and he had a machete and a sledgehammer."

Thornton said when he got to the gas station, the suspect ran away, but not before they gave police a detailed description.

“He had everything, the tattoos, the stature, the way he was built. That’s him,” Thornton said.

Jacksonville police say a woman gave a similar description of a man who raped her at the Countryside Village complex on Monday morning.

We spoke to neighbors at the Jacksonville complex about the rape.


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“There is no security here. Anybody can come in here, anytime that they want to,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to show her name or face on camera.

We reached out to the complex and received a Statement from Joel Brown, president, RHP Properties:

“We are grateful to local law enforcement agencies for their diligence in arresting a suspect in this case. The safety and security of our residents is our top priority. We continuously work to provide a safe environment for our residents and are always evaluating our policies and procedures.  We encourage our residents to speak with our community manager if they have any questions or concerns."