Investigators Seek Perpetrator in Home Invasion/Rape

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Neighbors around Richmond Street in Tallahassee say in the early hours of the morning, the normally quiet street was lit up by sirens and deputies.

Daniel Wingate, a Richmond Street resident, says, "From what I know, it's a quiet street. I know it's a quiet neighborhood, a few patrol cars and college parties, that's all."

Leon County deputies say it wasn't quiet Monday morning as one man committed three separate crimes.

Chris Chase, LCSO Spokesperson, says, "Currently, we're investigating a home invasion robbery, grand theft motor vehicle and sexual battery."

Early in the morning, a woman was seen screaming and running toward a deputy doing patrol duty in his marked vehicle.

Chase says, "A masked black man entered her apartment during the night, bound her, beat her, demanded her keys, her money, and her car. Then, he continued to beat her."

Detectives say one of their concerns with this investigation is the level of violence. They say after the suspect beat and robbed the victim, he then sexually assaulted her, and then fled.

Chase adds, "He threatened to kill her and sexually battered her. The stolen vehicle is a white 1994 Saturn, Florida plates V38-MDU."

Deputies say the suspect is a light-skinned black male, 18 to 22 years old, 5’10” tall, weighing 130 pounds. He was last seen wearing jeans and a t-shirt.