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University of Florida police investigate 4th attack, release photo of possible suspect

School tweets that most recent attack occurred near Library West area

Gainesville police release a surveillance photo of a man in orange shorts whom they are calling a possible suspect in recent attempted sexual assaults near the UF campus.
Gainesville police release a surveillance photo of a man in orange shorts whom they are calling a possible suspect in recent attempted sexual assaults near the UF campus.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – As the Gainesville Police Department and University of Florida Police Department investigates a fourth attack on a woman in the last week, surveillance photos of a possible suspect in the first two incidents were released.

UF police said the latest attack was just after 3 a.m. Friday in the Library West area. Authorities say the victim and an acquaintance left midtown walking to a home just off campus when the victim was grabbed by a man.  The victim and the person she was with punched the man and ran.

The suspect was described as a white man in his 20s, large build, with brown hair, brown beard, wearing an orange shirt and blue cargo shorts -- a description similar to that of  man who tried to sexually assault two women near campus over the Labor Day weekend.

Early Friday morning, Gainesville police released two photos of a man taken Aug. 30 whom they consider a suspect the first two attempted sexual assaults. At the time, he was wearing orange shorts.

Friday morning's attack comes just over 24 hours after police say a 37-year-old woman was grabbed and knocked unconscious after getting off a bus on Northeast 15th Street, near the Church of God in Christ. When she woke up, she didn't have any pants on and believed she had been sexually assaulted.

The description of the suspect from Thursday's attack was far different than the others -- a black man with short hair cut into a fade. Police said Friday morning that Thursday's attack was in no way connected to last Saturday's assaults or the one early Friday morning.

Anyone with any information about this or any of the attacks is asked to call the University Police Department at 352-392-1111.