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Ft. Pierce police looking for rape suspect

By Meghan McRoberts

FORT PIERCE, FL (WFLX) - Fort Pierce police are looking for a man who, they say, raped a woman near a park Tuesday evening.
Police say the attack happened near Avenue M and 12th Street.

The woman told police that she had seen the man in the past. She said he approached her at the park and was yelling random comments.

She pulled out pepper spray, but before she could unlock the spray, she told police he grabbed her and raped her.

Police have increased patrols in that area.

Park visitors are also on watch.

Jonel Joisil plays basketball a couple times a week at night at the park, even knowing it might not always be the safest place. “My Dad always told me to stay away from this area,” Joisil said.

He plays underneath court lighting so he feels safe. “I haven't encountered any problems, any fights or gang related violence,” he says.

After hearing of the alleged rape, he's being cautious. “It's very unfortunate,” said Joisil.

Police describe the suspect as a black male with gold on his bottom teeth, a diamond earring in his left ear, a short box edge haircut, a goatee and a t-shirt that said “Check my Swag”.

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