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Suspect In Attempted Sexual Assault Arrested

By: Tallahassee Police Department; Lanetra Bennett, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Tallahassee Police Department; Lanetra Bennett, Julie Montanaro Email
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By Julie Montanaro
May 12, 2014

A man is facing several felonies. He's accused of trying to sexually assault a woman in the stairwell of her Tallahassee apartment complex.

25 year old Wanjun Cao was arrested Friday and accused of attacking a woman as she walked home from a club on May 2nd.

According to arrest papers, the woman was entering her pass code at her apartment complex gate when a man walked up behind her and mumbled something she could not understand. She told police she figured he lived there and was drunk.

The woman told police the man followed her into a stairwell and attacked her. The victim says he tried repeatedly to put his hands up her shorts as she pushed him away and screamed for help.

The man left and she ran to the front desk to get help, arrest papers say.

A surveillance photo of the suspect was released last week and Cao was ultimately identified and arrested.

Arrest papers says a co-worker recognized Cao's picture on the news.

He has been charged with attempted sexual battery and has been released on two-thousand dollars bond.

"It's extremely frightening. I mean it happens everywhere, obviously we all know that, but to hear it happened so close to where we live and go to school every day is kind of frightening," said FSU student Megan Triscari.

An FSU spokeswoman says Cao graduated last year with a PhD. in electrical engineering. She says he works as a post-doctoral associate doing research at the Aero Propulsion and Mechatronics and Energy Center.

She says Cao has been given a trespass warning until the university can review the incident.


By: Eyewitness News
May 12, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - A man wanted in connection with an attempted sexual assault in Tallahassee has been arrested.

27-year-old Wanjun Cao was arrested Friday night and is charged with one count of sexual assault and one count of attempt, conspiracy and solicitation.

On Friday, May 2nd, the Tallahassee Police Department responded to a report of an attempted sexual battery. Upon arrival, officers were told that the victim was walking home from a nearby club when a man walked up behind her at the gate to her apartment complex.

According to arrest papers, the victim described the man as appearing drunk and mumbling something while standing at the gate. The victim stated that she assumed the man was just drunk and that he wanted her to open the gate for him.

After entering the gate, the man followed the victim closely to a nearby stairwell. Arrest papers say the man pushed the victim against the stairwell wall and began touching her over her clothing. The victim attempted several times to push the man off. The man left the stairwell after the victim screamed for him to get off of her.

Pictures of the suspect were released to the media on May 6th. TPD's Special Victim Unit received a call the same day identifying the man as Wanjun Cao.

Cao was arrested Friday night. Cao bonded out of jail Saturday morning.


By: Lanetra Bennett
May 6, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Surveillance photos may have helped Tallahassee police identify a man suspected in an attempted rape. Police officers think they know who he is, but they haven't found him yet. Officers have not released what the identity is.

Tallahassee Police say a man walked up to a woman and tried to touch her inappropriately.

Local college student, Shanice Hope, says, "It's not safe at all. It crosses my mind a lot. Even though you're not supposed to, I actually have a pepper spray that I keep on my key chain with me. I keep it everywhere I go."

Police released photos of the suspect. He's believed to be an Asian man, 5'10" to 6' tall, 210 to 230 pounds; last seen wearing a black shirt and jean shorts. He has a low cut hair and glasses.

Police will not say exactly where and when the incident happened.

But, they say the woman was walking home from a local club when the man tried to rape her. Officers say the woman screamed and pushed the suspect away, and he ran.

Local college student Kyshuna Frazier says, "I think it's very disturbing because as a young college student, you're supposed to feel safe. If you can't feel safe while you're out here in Tallahassee, then, I don't know what to recommend."

Aside from that pepper spray Shanice Hope mentioned, she recommends that young women always walk with friends at night. She says, "If you are going to go out, go out with them, like more than two or three."

Hope hopes the suspect is caught as soon as possible. "Just because he didn't get that girl, it might be another girl he wants to come and get, and this time she might not be as lucky as the first one." She says.

Again, police say they've been able to identify a possible suspect. That is all of the details they've released.

Anyone with any information is asked to please call TPD at 606-5800 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information; and, you may be eligible for a cash reward.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
May 6, 2014 - 2:30pm

Thanks to the public’s assistance, TPD has identified a possible suspect in this case and are continuing with the investigation. Once updates are possible, TPD will make them available.


News Release: Tallahassee Police Department
May 6, 2014 - 9:30am

The Tallahassee Police Department’s Special Victims Unit is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in an attempted rape.

The suspect approached the victim as she was walking home from a local club and attempted to touch her inappropriately. The victim screamed and pushed the suspect away. The suspect then ran from the area in an unknown direction. The suspect is believed to be an Asian male, 5’10-6’00, 210-230lbs, last seen wearing a black shirt and jean shorts. He has low cut hair and glasses.

Attached are still clips of the suspect. Community members with information about this case are asked to please call TPD at 606-5800 or the Big Bend Crime Stoppers at 574-TIPS. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, just your information; and, you may be eligible for a cash reward.


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