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Jacksonville police concerned suspect may have sexually assaulted more women

7:31 PM, Sep 6, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla -- Police are asking anyone who may have been a victim of sexual assault by a man arrested Wednesday for kidnapping and sexual assault to come forward, tell police and get help.

Police believe Albert Haynes Jr. targeted the victim because she did not speak English.

Police say Haynes picked her up in front of the main library Wednesday afternoon after 2 o'clock, then drove to another location and committed a brutal sexual assault.

Police say Haynes called the victim's daughter to tell her her mother was with him and OK, perhaps in an effort to cause her not to call police. But he also let the victim talk to her daughter, the suspect unable to understand the conversation.

"She was able to relate the information to her daughter that she was with some man, no idea who he is, where they are going, or what his intentions are," said Sgt. Melissa Bujeda with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. "So that definitely was a red flag. The daughter called police right away."

Police were able to track the vehicle to a probable location and 90 minutes later located the suspect and the victim in a 2000 Chevy Blazer.

Court records show Haynes was arrested in late November of 1998 on a sexual battery with slight force charge, and again in august of 1999 for attempted sexual battery on a child over 12 with a firearm and sexual battery threats.

In 2000 he was found incompetent to stand trial, in 2001 he was committed to a state hospital. In 2003 he was judged competent. Judged incompetent again in 2004, and it was decided not to prosecute on the attempted sexual battery charges. Then the state said he met conditions for a conditional release in June of 2005, all charges dismissed in 2006.

Because of this past history, and targeting a non-english speaking person, police believe there could be other victims.

"We want to make sure there may not be any other victims out there, so anyone who may have encountered this individual or knows someone that may have been involved in this type of situation, reach out to police, we want to help you."

Bujeda says possible non-English speaking victims from other countries may feel intimidated to contact police, but she urges anyone that may have been a victim to contact the sheriff's office.

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