50-Year-Old New Smyrna Beach Woman Answers Knock on Front Door, Raped by Heavyset Man with Long Gray Beard

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FL – Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a report of a sexual battery that is said to have occurred Monday afternoon after a stranger approached a home in the New Smyrna Beach area.

The victim, a woman in her 50s, reported that the suspect knocked on her door around 3:30 p.m. Monday in the area of Pioneer Trail and Canal Street. When she opened the door slightly, she said the suspect asked her a question, then forced the door open, pointed a handgun at her and threatened to shoot her pets if she didn’t do as he said. She said he forced himself on her and punched her during the sexual battery.

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The suspect was described as a 45- to 50-year-old white male, about 5’11”, heavyset, with a long gray beard. He was wearing a red T-shirt and black pants, and riding a red bicycle.
Detectives are continuing to investigate this case; while no additional details are available at this point in the active investigation, this preliminary information is being released for public awareness and precaution.

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