New video, sketch of possible UF attacker released
Gainesville authorities search for man in attacks on campus
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Investigators with the Gainesville and University of Florida police departments have released an additional video clip showing the likely suspect in the recent attacks in and around the UF campus.
Investigators have also released a composite drawing they said is possibly of the same suspect, WJXT reports.
In the video, the man can be seen walking east beside a parking lot behind the Stadium Club parking garage, picking up a road cone and throwing it into traffic in the 1800 block of Northwest First Avenue. The cone appears to hit a white vehicle traveling west, just outside of the video frame.
The suspect continues walking, then turns north onto Northwest 18th Street. Others around him are running due to the downpour, but he continues walking.
Police are looking to speak with the driver or passengers of the vehicle that appears to have been struck with the road cone.
The rest of the video has been previously released, but is now slightly enhanced, police said.
Police also released a composite drawing of a person who may possibly be the suspect. The drawing was completed with information from residents near the 2000 block of Southwest 16th Street that were approached by a man the night of the first attack, Aug. 30.
Police said the man matched the description given by other victims and witnesses. Residents reported that the man was acting strange and was asking for directions. Investigators are not certain that the person depicted in the composite drawing is the suspect, but they would like to identify him.
If you have any information, police urge you to call GPD detectives at 352-393-7658 or make an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers at 352-372-STOP. You may also text an anonymous tip by texting keyword "GPDFL" plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES).
Although there have been no new incidents, police still urge caution.
"Be sure to walk in groups, be prepared to call for help, and always know your surroundings," police said in a news release. "Avoid dimly-lit alleyways and paths and use the emergency phones or the TapShield app while on UF campus. Call 911 to report an emergency while on or off campus."
The increased police presence in and around UF will continue, investigators said.
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