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Authorities investigate 2 rapes on northeast Florida beaches

September 9, 2018

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating two rapes that occurred on northeast Florida beaches.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood has not ruled out if the two attacks were committed by the same suspect.

The latest incident was reported early Saturday morning. The previous rape happened about six miles south just before sunrise on Aug. 31.

Authorities said that both women were struck violently and suffered severe “facial trauma.”

In the most recent attack, the victim was walking down a road when she encountered her attacker. The two headed toward the beach after the woman agreed to have sex with the man in exchange for money, according to the sheriff’s office.

But Chitwood said after they were away from the street lights, the suspect beat “the living crap out of her” and then raped her.

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