Orlando police search for man accused of armed sexual battery of a woman

Video: Orlando police search for man accused of armed sexual battery of a woman

ORLANDO, Fla. — Orlando police released a sketch of a man who, they said sexually battered a woman at gunpoint near a busy road.

Officers said the victim was attacked around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on the northbound side of South Orange Blossom Trail at Columbia Street.

The woman told police she was walking north on Orange Blossom Trail when the man approached her, threatened her with a firearm and attacked her.

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Some business owners in the area said cameras show that the man took the woman from an industrial area, where the sexual battery happened.

The sketch released by police shows a man with a distinctive goatee-style beard and very short hair.

Officers said the man is around 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. He was wearing a black hoodie, black jeans and yellow shorts underneath his jeans, they said.

Police also released a still image from a surveillance camera in the area.

Witnesses to the Wednesday morning crime scene investigation said police were focused on the area between two warehouse buildings, where they believe the crime may have occurred.

Police are trying to generate some leads on who the man in that sketch might be.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Orlando Police Department at 331-235-5300 or Crimeline at 100-423-TIPS (8477).