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Suspect sought in sexual battery of 60-year-old woman at Largo park

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Largo Police are looking for a suspect in the sexual battery of a 60-year-old woman, which happened at a public park.

Taylor Park draws hundreds of people with its 156 acres of woods, picnic shelters, a lake and other amenities.

One of the visitors is Pete Jackson, who spends several hours reading the sports section and listening to sports talk radio, far from Pinellas crowds.

He says he is incensed somebody would attack anyone in this place of peace.

"Look how beautiful this place is. Just the idea that something like that would happen here, it drives you crazy and i'm going to be thinking about this all night," said Jackson.

Largo Police say around 5:00 p.m. Monday evening, somebody made conversation with a 60-year-old woman, in the southwest part of Taylor Park. He then grabbed the woman away from sight, and raped her. She gave them a description that includes looking like a high school football player, only older.

"Anybody who might have seen something, we'd sure like you to give us a call. Any information we get from the public would be wonderful," said Lt. Paul Amodeo of the Largo Police Department.

Investigators say the rapist ran away toward the south end of the park, not far away from where Larue Jones and his wife, Linda, walk the roads and paths about 3 days a week.

"The things people do now days, you can't explain. Age I'm sure, it didn't matter to him. He just was looking for a victim and he found one," said Larue Jones.

"You never know who is watching your actions and that just sounds like somebody who knows our habits and watches us and he was waiting for a victim and she became the victim that day," Linda Jones said.

The victim is so upset, she pleaded with Largo Police not to release anything about her, other than the fact that she lives in the area.

Anyone with information is requested to call detective B. Arlington at 727-587-6730.

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