A young woman was attacked while jogging in Seminole County, Florida on Monday night, and surveillance footage captured portions of the incident.
CCTV footage reportedly shows the suspect, a 19-year-old man, following her. Detectives from the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office eventually located the individual and questioned him, Fox 35 reported.
In a social media post on Tuesday, the sheriff’s office shared the video and said he was investigating an attempted sexual assault that occurred in the Wekiva subdivision.
We are investigating an attempted sexual assault on a female jogger that occurred Monday evening in the Wekiva subdivision.
If you recognize the person in this video, please contact us at (407) 665-6650.
You can also submit tips anonymously to Crimeline, more info below 👇 pic.twitter.com/mCHn6B1f2s
— SO Seminole County (@SeminoleSO) September 20, 2022
According to Sheriff Dennis Lemma, the woman was running on West Wekiva Trail just before 9:00 p.m. when she noticed someone behind her, took off her headphones, and stopped running to save energy.
The suspect ran after her and “before she knew it she was grabbed from behind and thrown to the ground by this man,” Lemma said. “She had one hand on his pants, one hand on his phone, as he grabs from behind and moves his body in a sexual motion on top of her.”
Lemma said a neighbor heard the woman screaming and called 911.
“These neighbors are really acting heroically. You hear someone scream, you come out of your house. You go out into the backyard, which is potentially dangerous, right? And you call, ‘Do you need help?’ And that’s how we were alerted,” he said.
When another neighbor jumped the fence, the suspect fled.
Lemma also noted that the man was accused of biting the woman during the incident.
“When he was on top of her, he grabbed her and bit her on the back, and then she has injuries associated with falling onto the concrete,” he explained.
In a social media post Wednesday, the sheriff’s office said William Paul Stamper, 19, was arrested.
“Stamper is currently booked at the John E. Polk Correctional Facility for attempted sexual battery,” the post read.
***UPDATE 2: William Paul Stamper, 19, of Longwood was arrested for the attack on the jogger in unincorporated Seminole County on 09/19/22. Stamper is currently incarcerated at the John E. Polk Correctional Center for attempted sexual battery. pic.twitter.com/kwq41RLh0X
— SO Seminole County (@SeminoleSO) September 21, 2022
The woman was reportedly told a few weeks ago that she may have been followed while jogging. However, it was still unclear whether the incidents were related.
“What’s important now is that the public knows it’s absolutely safe to come out,” Lemma told reporters.
“The last thing I want is for people to be afraid to jog, hike and run,” he concluded.