DNA Brings Police Sketch To Life
University police say they've identified the man who attacked a University of Florida student last month. DNA evidence brought the suspect's police sketch to life.
Police are looking for Tommie Howard, 25 of Hawthorne.
"If you see him, he's a predator, we have a warrant for his arrest and we need him arrested," said UF Police Chief Linda Stump.
Howard's DNA was matched with that collected from a UF student who was raped at the end of November.
"It's a positive identification, it went straight to him from a previous conviction," she said.
Howard had been convicted of felony assault, and was on supervised probation when the rape occurred.
"My understanding is he did not show up for a probation hearing that he was scheduled for in December, which would be shortly after this incident took place," said Stump.
Howard may be the man who attacked another UF student across the street from Norman Hall, and just a few blocks from sorority row on December 9th.
According to police, the general description of the assailant in the December 9th attack is the same as what witnesses gave in the rape case against Howard.
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