The suspect in the November sexual battery of a University of Florida student has been positively identified as 25 year old Tommie Howard, III, of Hawthorne. The University of Florida Police Department obtained a warrant for his arrest late last night. UFPD is now searching for Howard. UFPD began an extensive criminal investigation after a UF student reported being sexually battered in West Gainesville. The department became involved in this case after the victim escaped from her assailant around Fraternity Row and West Fraternity Row. UFPD is working in combination with the Gainesville Police Department, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Anyone with information about the wherabouts of the suspect, Tommie Howard, III, is asked to contact UFPD at (352) 392-1111 or Crime Stoppers at (352) 372-STOP. A monetary reward is being offered.
The Gainesville Police Department has applied for a $750,000 Department of Justice grant to help pay for a $3 million body-camera program.