Man sought for rape attempt in woods

August 09, 1994

County police are looking for a man who dragged a 21-year-old Riviera Beach woman into woods near Colonial Beach Road and Woodland Beach Road and tried to rape her Sunday afternoon, police said.

The woman told police she was walking along Colonial Beach Road about 3 p.m. after fighting with her boyfriend when a car pulled up beside her. A man got out and forced her into the woods as the car drove off, police said.

The man tried to fondle her, but she punched him in the face, the woman told police. He then hit her in the face with a stick and in the back of the head with part of an old bicycle frame that was lying nearby. The man ran off when the car returned and the driver sounded the horn, police said.

The woman said she passed out until about 8:30 p.m., when she met a relative who had come looking for her. The woman admitted being "extremely intoxicated" at the time of the incident, police said.

The woman, who received minor scratches and a bump on the back of her head during the struggle, refused medical treatment, police said.

Air conditioner stolen from store

County police are looking for a man who put an air conditioner in a shopping cart Sunday evening and wheeled it past the cashiers at a Hechinger store on Mountain Road, officials said yesterday.

Employees of the store in the first block of Mountain Road told police they had seen the same man take a chain saw and a lawn mower earlier this year.

This time the man went to the parking lot shortly before 6:30 p.m. and put the air conditioner in the trunk of a car driven by a second man. Heather Sullivan, 18, who works at the store, put a shopping cart in front of the car to keep the man from leaving, but the driver started the vehicle and pushed the cart out of the way, police said. Ms. Sullivan was not harmed, police said.

The air conditioner was worth $261, store employees told police.

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