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GPD releases sketch of suspect in assault and armed burglary

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The suspect was wearing a grey zip-up hoodie and black skinny jeans. He is being described as a hipster-type person by the victim, according to GPD.
The suspect was wearing a grey zip-up hoodie and black skinny jeans. He is being described as a hipster-type person by the victim, according to GPD.

Police released a composite sketch Thursday of a suspect still at large in a case of battery and armed burglary.

“Our biggest hope is that we can find this attacker before he has a chance to do this to someone else,” said Ben Tobias, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department.

The suspect entered a home in the 400 block of Southwest 10th Street through an unlocked back door, assaulted a resident at gunpoint and took electronics and other personal items, according to a GPD release.

Police did not find the suspect, who the resident described as a black male, about six feet tall with a slim build, wearing a gray sweatshirt, black “skinny” jeans and black wrap-around sunglasses.

Tobias said officers are working around the clock combing data and talking to potential witnesses in hopes of identifying the suspect and finding the weapon used in the attack.

The victim gave more details of the suspect’s physical appearance Wednesday to the police forensic artist producing the composite sketch.

“Hopefully it will spark someone’s memory,” he said, “and it may be close enough that someone will recognize this person and can give us a call so we can go interview this person.”

Police ask anyone with information that could help identify the suspect to call GPD detectives at 352-393-7670. Anonymous tips can also be given by texting the keyword “GPDFL” and the tip to the number 274637. Police remind residents to keep all doors and windows locked at all times.

About Alli Langley

Alli is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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