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

    By: Larry Spruill, Action News Jax


    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."

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