Police warn of sexual battery subject on the loose in Coral Springs

CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) - Police are warning residents about a man who attempted to sexually assault a woman in the Wyndham Lakes area of Coral Springs.

According to Coral Springs Police, the subject grabbed a woman from behind while she was walking alone along Wyndham Lakes Boulevard South on Monday.

They added the woman kicked him and screamed for help, causing the subject to flee eastbound towards Coral Ridge Drive.

Coral Springs Police Officer Tyler Reik said the subject “apparently attacked the victim from behind, pushed her to the ground, at which time she was able to fight off the suspect, who fled then from the area.”

In a Facebook post, the victim wrote, “I am bruised and achy, but otherwise OK.”

A similar incident with a matching description happened inside the Wyndham Lakes community on Feb. 24.

“It’s a great community. We have no excitement usually here, which is good,” said Erica Gordon, who lives nearby. “Everyone’s so heightened awareness right now about everything, and it’s just kind of a reminder not to keep your guard down.”

Police describe the subject as a black male in his mid-20s with an average build, short haircut, wearing dark pants and a dark short-sleeve shirt.

“We’re trying to inform citizens that live in the area, that have the same exercise routines in the morning that could be in that area, whether it’s walking their dog or jogging, we’re trying to just inform them to keep an eye out,” said Reik.

Andrea Silva, who lives nearby, said she usually wears her earbuds while jogging. “Just make sure to put it down, because if you put it too high, you can’t hear,” she said.

“It’s scary,” said Gordon. “It’s scary to know that just to go around your neighborhood, just on a walk or exercising, you have to be really careful.”

Neighbors have been keeping each other updated and are keeping their guards up.

“I don’t like it,” said another woman. “That’s why I have my little watch dog and I have my pepper spray.”

Officers said they have increased patrols in the area.

“Let’s get him. Let’s get the guy,” said a man.

If you have any information on these incidents, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.

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