Fort Lauderdale police search for armed sexual battery suspect

File photo of a Fort Lauderdale police cruiser. (WPLG)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Fort Lauderdale police are searching for a suspect following an armed sexual battery and burglary incident that occurred Friday night.

Detective Ali Adamson, an FLPD spokesperson, said it happened 7:30 p.m. Friday at a home near the 5900 block of Northwest 18th Avenue.

Authorities said a preliminary investigation has revealed that the victim was inside the bedroom of her apartment when an armed burglar entered her home through the front door.

According to Adamson, after the man entered the victim’s bedroom, he then jumped on top of the woman and threatened to kill her before attacking her.

Investigators said the man fled the apartment northbound down the hallway after the incident occurred.

Detectives said they have not been able to obtain enough information about the suspect to have a sketch completed and do not have any video of the armed burglar that can be shared at this time.

The armed burglar has been described by police as a man in his 30s, about 6 feet tall, with dreadlocks and a muscular build.

The FLPD is urging others to review their surveillance camera systems to see if they may have captured the armed burglar in the area around the time of the crime.

Anyone who has video of the individual matching the description above is urged to contact Detective Sergeant Hector Martinez at 954-828-5510 or email Detective Christopher Chylack at

Information can also be provided anonymously by contacting Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.

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