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.
“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.
“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."
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