Jacksonville police search for person who tied up, dragged victim across multiple blocks from van

Police looking for person responsible for beating, dragging a man from his van in Moncrief

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Police are looking for the person responsible for beating and dragging a man from his van in Moncrief on Friday.

"(The) victim was tied by the leg, the ankles and drug those two blocks," said Brian Kee, with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Major Case Unit. "The rope was cut, and then the suspect took off."

He took off in a light gray Dodge Caravan, an older model. See the photo below:

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The victim was dragged from the intersection of Moncrief Road and 36th Street to Pearce Street, which is two blocks. Police aren't releasing the victim's name but say the victim is a man.

We spoke with a dozen neighbors, and two told us they think the victim is a person they see regularly, who is transgender. They added that they think this was a fight between lovers. We asked JSO for comment.

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"We don't know, because we have not been able to speak with the victim or the victim's family, so I don't know. It's a male. I don't know how this person identifies," Kee said.

According to CrimeMapping, there have been 11 crimes within a half-mile radius of this crime scene in the last two weeks. Nine have been assaults.

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"I know the police can't control anything, but they need to put a closer watch on this place," Jesse Leemincey said.

We asked another man who lives on 36th Street how he feels about his home being next to an active crime scene. His response: "Shoot, I hate it, but what can I do?"

The victim's current condition is life-threatening.

If you know anything about what happened, you're asked to call 911 or leave an anonymous tip with CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.