Man arrested in sexual battery at off-campus UCF apartments

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ORLANDO, Fla. – The UCF Police Department has made an arrest in the sexual battery case that happened at an off-campus student housing complex on Nov. 16, according to police.

Officials said Edward Santana Thorpe was arrested on a warrant shortly before midnight Dec. 25 at Knights Circle, the same complex where the crime happened.

Thorpe has no UCF affiliation and is not an official resident of the complex.

The victim, a minor with no UCF affiliation, and a woman friend met the suspect on Nov. 16 near Alafaya Trail and McCulloch Road and voluntarily hopped a wall with him to enter Knights Circle, authorities said.

The crime was reported to UCFPD later that morning.

Detectives collected evidence from the scene and Det. Vargas identified the suspect. A warrant for Thorpe's arrest was issued earlier in the week and he was arrested without incident.