Florida Victim Escapes After Telling Armed Man She’d Rather Die Than Comply With Sexual Assault

A Brevard County man was arrested after attempting to force a woman to perform sexual acts on him at gun point, a Florida police department has confirmed.

On Friday, February 10th, a couple taking a walk in a park were stopped by a man with a handgun. The suspect, later identified as Donovan Tyler Adkins, accused them of being involved in a robbery. While pretending to be on the phone, Adkins then forced the woman to go with him off trail, and ordered the man she was with to stay put.

After they went deeper into the woods, Adkins pointed his gun at the woman’s head and told her to perform sexual acts on him. According to The Miami Herald, woman refused to comply and told him that he’d have to shoot her. Adkins then began to expose himself, and the victim began screaming.

“The victim’s boyfriend was quickly approaching their location in the woods which startled the suspect, causing him to trip and thereby giving the victim a brief opportunity to escape,” the Brevard Police Department explained in a statement.

The man and woman quickly went to grab their belongings and leave, only to be stopped by Adkins once more. After dressing himself, the suspect had followed the couple, grabbed the woman’s cellphone, and fled the scene.

Another frequent park-goer, who claimed to be “familiar with the suspect,” went to police with information, leading to the identification and arrest of Adkins later that day. The 29-year-old now faces charges of robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, false imprisonment, sexual battery, petit theft, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and resisting arrest without violence.

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