Woman dragged into woods, raped near Valencia College in Orlando

Orange County deputies search for clues

ORLANDO, Fla. - A woman was dragged into the woods and raped by an armed assailant late Sunday night near Valencia College's East Campus in Orlando, according to deputies.

The sex attack happened just after 10 p.m. near Valencia College Lane and Chickasaw Trail, just west of State Roads 408 and 417.

Orange County sheriff's deputies said the man ran away after raping the woman.

"We do not have a lot of sexual batteries in this area -- these are very isolated.  But we still encourage anybody who's walking or exercising late at night to try to do it in the daytime when it's a little safer, but if not, walk in visible areas, keep your cellphone with you, have a flashlight so cars don't crash into you and be aware of your surroundings," Orange County sheriff's Lt. Paul Hopkins said.

Deputies were scouring the wooded area for clues.

Investigators say the man is described as Hispanic, approximately 24-30 years old and approximately 5 feet 7 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall and 170 pounds.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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