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Police: Woman kidnapped, sexually assaulted in Jacksonville

3:43 PM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A woman was sexually assaulted after being kidnapped by a man in downtown Jacksonville Wednesday, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The police were called around 2:30 p.m. by the victim's daughter, advising them that her mother had gotten into an unknown vehicle.

The victim had been waiting to be picked up outside the Downtown Jacksonville Library when she got into a vehicle with a stranger.

The suspect was identified by JSO as 32-year-old Alphonso Haynes.

The victim's daughter said she was running late from picking up her mother when she received a call from Haynes' phone stating that her mother was with him.

Haynes then put the victim's mother on the phone briefly and her mother said she did not know who she was with, where she was, or where she was being taken.

After the phone was hung up, the victim tried to call back several times with no response, the release said. 

The release detailed that the victim has a phone, but it did not have any minutes. The victim also said in the release that it was unlike her mother to get into a stranger's car.


Police were dispatched to the victim's residence to find out if she was there and officials confirmed she was not at home.

JSO said a Missing Person's Detective researched the phone number from where the call was placed and searched specific areas.

The vehicle was spotted by the Missing Person's Detective. After additional police were dispatched, law enforcement performed a traffic stop and found the victim inside and took the suspect into custody.

The suspect was taken to the Police Memorial Building for questioning and the vehicle was towed for evidence. 


According to JSO, the victim did not speak any English so an interpreter was called to assist with the interview. During this time, the victim reported that she was taken against her will and sexually assaulted.

Police said at this time, they believe the victim was targeted due to her lack of ability to communicate.

According to the release, Haynes complained of chest pains and was taken to UF Health at Jacksonville for treatment.  


Haynes allegedly confessed to both the kidnapping and sexual battery of the victim. He was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping.

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