Orlando police search for man who threatened to rape female victim

Incident happened in Lake Nona area along Tavistock Lake road just after 6 a.m.

Orlando police are looking for a man who threatened to rape a female victim who was out walking her dog early Sunday morning.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando police are looking for a man who threatened to rape a female victim who was out walking her dog early Sunday morning.

Investigators said the incident happened in the Lake Nona area along Tavistock Lakes Road just after 6 a.m.

Officers said the victim stopped to take a picture when she spotted a man with his phone’s flashlight on coming toward her.

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The man began walking with the victim and attempted to speak to her, asking questions and making comments about her body, according to the case report.

Police said the victim began to feel uncomfortable and the man asked for her phone number, prompting her to say she was going to call a family member.

“Next time I’m going to (expletive) rape you,” the man said before running off, records show.

Surveillance video shows a man roughly matching the suspect’s description parking a white sedan in a lot on the south side of Tavistock Lakes Boulevard before heading in the direction of the victim around 6:03 a.m., according to police. Officers said the video also shows the same man jogging back toward the car around 6:08 a.m. before jumping back in the vehicle and driving away, heading east on Tavistock Lakes Boulevard.

The victim described the man as 25 years old, around 5 feet 9 inches tall with an athletic build, record show. Police said she also described the man as having curly brown hair and brown eyes.

Police released a portion of the surveillance video showing the man getting out of his car. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to Orlando police at 321-235-5300.

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Thomas Mates is a digital storyteller for News 6 and ClickOrlando.com. He also produces the podcast Florida Foodie. Thomas is originally from Northeastern Pennsylvania and worked in Portland, Oregon before moving to Central Florida in August 2018. He graduated from Temple University with a degree in Journalism in 2010.