• Report: Suspect in alleged Bartram Park rape threatened to push baby's stroller into pond


    A Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report reveals new details in an alleged rape that took place in a wooded area near a Bartram Park shopping plaza on Friday night.

    The report says the victim was pushing her 6-month-old son in a stroller toward the back of the complex to cut through a path in the wooded area to get back to her home.

    According to the report, the suspect was driving an older model silver 4-door Honda and "slowly approached her and began yelling out his window to get her number."

    The victim told police she gave the suspect a "random phone number" and then kept walking through the woods toward her home.

    The suspect got out of his car and followed the victim into the woods, "pushing her out of the way to gain control of the baby stroller," the report detailed. At one point he told her "he would push the stroller into a nearby retention pond."

    The suspect grabbed the victim's arms and neck, trying to take her to the ground, and then pushed her onto an old mattress that was in the woods, according to the report.

    "The victim provided minimal resistance initially, as she did not want anything to happen to her son," the report said.

    During the attack, the suspect continued to threaten the victim's son "and the victim began to fight back," scratching the suspect in the face with her fingernails, according to the report.

    After some time "the suspect eventually gave up and began to casually walk away," the report detailed, and then the suspect drove away.

    The suspect is described in the report as a black male in his early 20s, 5'8" to 5'10" tall. He was wearing a black/blue striped shirt, tan/gray jeans and brown boots. The windows of the Honda the suspect was driving had tinted windows that were peeling.

    Anyone who has any information in regards to this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact JSO at 904-630-0500 or email us at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

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