for immediate release
January 3, 2002

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DNA results from laboratory tests do not match a possible suspect in a Sexual Battery investigation being conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office. As the investigation continues, a special reward of up to $2,000 cash is being offered for any information that helps solve the case.

The victim, a 37 year old woman, reported she was abducted from the parking lot of Albertson's, 610 N. Eglin Parkway by a man who had hidden in the back seat of her car while she was shopping. The man held the woman captive at gunpoint for several hours, and sexually attacked her on several occasions before allowing her to go free. The ordeal began at about 9:30 on the evening of Saturday, December 1, and ended at about 3:30 the next morning.

The suspect is described as a black man in his 30's, approximately 200 pounds, with a bald head or very short hair. He wielded a large, dark, semi-automatic handgun.

Anybody with information about the incident should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 609-2000 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS (863-8477), or toll-free at 1-888-654-TIPS.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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