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Man sexually assaults woman after forcing her into abandoned building

Police say man threatened woman with knife

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Police are searching for a man they said threatened a woman with a knife, forced her into an abandoned building and then sexually assaulted her.

The attack was reported about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 600 block of Northwest Third Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Police said the victim was walking in the area when she was approached by a black man. They said the man threatened the woman with a knife and forced her into an abandoned building near the South Florida Montessori Academy, where she was sexually assaulted.

Police said the man fled the area while the victim sought out help and called police.

The victim was taken to Broward Health Medical Center and the Nancy J. Cotterman Sexual Assault Treatment Center for a medical evaluation.

The attacker is described as a black man who is about 40 years old and is about 5 feet 10 inches tall. The victim said he had two gold teeth and a scar under his left eye.

The victim told detectives that she knows the man only as "Chris."

"She was able to provide a good physical description of the suspect. Additionally, she was able to provide some sort of a name that detectives are following up on," Detective Keven Dupree said. "I'm not sure if she actually knew him, but she knew a first name or a name that he at least uses."

Anyone who knows the identity of the man is asked to call Detective Duval Madrigal at 954-828-6630 or Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. A reward of up to $3,000 is being offered for information that leads to an arrest and conviction.

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