Man sexually batters girl at LeRoy Hoequist Park, Orlando police say
Assault happened near elementary, middle schools
ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police detectives are seeking the public's help to identify a man who they said sexually battered a girl Nov. 5 at LeRoy Hoequist Park.
Police officials said the victim was sexually battered by an unknown black man around 9 p.m. at the park on South Alder Avenue.
The victim, whose age has not been released, described her attacker as a man in his mid-20s with shoulder-length dreadlocks. Police released a composite sketch of the man Tuesday.
Sgt. Charles Crosby, of the Special Victims Unit, said the girl has been cooperating with the investigation and spent several hours Monday working with a sketch artist.
He described the sexual battery as an isolated incident, saying there's no reason for members of the community to be concerned.
"At this point, we have no indications that there is to be any future violence. We have no past reported crimes in the area similar to this one," Crosby said.
He said officers are working to solve the case as quickly as possible for the sake of the victim and residents who live in the area and may be concerned. Patrols have been increased near the park.
"We are working tirelessly to identify the violent criminals in our community and get them off the streets, and the more success we have from that, the more confidence the community has," Crosby said.
LeRoy Hoequist Park backs up against Chickasaw Elementary School and is within walking distance of Stonewall Jackson Middle School.
Alysha Norigenna takes her three children, ages 3, 7, and 8, to the park on a regular basis.
“It just makes you feel uneasy and disturbed really,” Norigenna said. “Because I have three kids and they play at that playground and it’s really close to home. I mean it’s really uneasy feeling, like it’s right there.”
Orlando police say they have stepped up patrols in the area and are working hard to identify the man.
A spokesperson from Orange County Public Schools said the sexual battery is a law enforcement matter that did not occur on campus or during school hours.
Anyone with information about the person described by the victim is asked to call Orlando police or Crimeline at 1-800-423-8477.
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