ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Orange County sheriff's investigators have released a composite sketch of a man they said sexually battered a woman at an apartment in the Winter Park area.
Investigators said the attack happened late Friday morning at the Affinity at Winter Park apartment complex on State Road 436 just north of Aloma Avenue.
According to investigators, the man knocked at the woman's apartment door and then forced his way in using a box cutter.
They said he sexually battered the woman and then disappeared.
"It's a tragedy for this individual. It's a tragedy for this community," said Capt. Angelo Nieves, of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
Residents in the apartment complex said the situation has put them on edge.
“It is really scary to raise your kids there,” said resident Bojana Crosby. “It is some kind of description, better than nothing.”
Investigators described the man as Hispanic, 30-40 years old, about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing 150-165 pounds.
Investigators said a neighbor of the woman called 911 to report the attack. The victim was taken to a local hospital on a stretcher, but officials did not say her condition.
“It’s horrible. It’s very scary. I try to keep the doors locked at all times,” said the victim’s neighbor Daisy Castillo.
Sheriff's investigators said they believe the man is a threat to the community.
“It’s really scary being a girl. It could happen to anyone, so definitely something to be concerned about,” said resident Gia Montago.
They believe it was a random act and said the victim did not know the man.
Complex management sent a letter to residents letting them know about the crime and urging anyone who sees anything suspicious to call authorities.
The letter also said that extra security has been added, but when Channel 9 went to the apartment complex on Sunday, all the gates were open.
“When I moved in, they said everything would be secure, but apparently they haven’t fixed the gates,” Castillo said.
"This is a dangerous individual who we want to get off the streets," said Nieves.
Anyone with information about the attack is asked to call 911 or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS (8477).