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Tallahassee man sexually assaulted woman, stole her phone, police say

Justin Williams
Posted at 10:40 AM, Sep 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-13 00:29:45-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A Tallahassee man faces sexual assault and theft charges after a female victim was attacked and her phone was stolen.

The victim contacted law enforcement by way of an emergency blue light pole on the Florida State University bike trail just east of Chapel Drive.

Justin MacKinzie Williams, 20, is accused of forcing the victim to perform oral sex on him on Sept. 2, and stealing her iPhone 8 cell phone after they met on the dating application, "Plenty of Fish."

After the assault, Williams then ran off, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Officers who arrived at the scene and collected evidence near the bike trail, and a K9 was brought to the area but lost the trail at Chapel Drive.

Florida State University Police Department officers obtained the login information for the victim's Apple account and entered that information into the "Find My iPhone" app.

The tracking app indicated the phone was at an Edgehill Circle address, where FSU and Tallahassee Police Department officers knocked on the door and, after receiving permission from a tenant there, conducted a search.

At that residence, documents say officers found another person with tattoo, which the victim said the suspect had, who turned out not to be the suspect.

Based on the victim's recollection, and the GPS of the stolen phone showing at that residence, documents say there was probable cause to believe that the man at the house was the suspect and they obtained a search warrant.

But before they could execute the search warrant the next day, that first man, originally believed to be the suspect, left the home and removed his clothing from it.

The victim had described the suspect as wearing a white shirt, black shorts, with high top Nike Air force One tennis shoes that were black with blue and purple on them. 

According to probable cause documents, surveillance video that officers reviewed showed the suspect walking through the Pensacola Tunnel about 6 p.m., the court document said. The suspect is carrying a backpack above his head, covering his face from the cameras.

Eventually, law enforcement were able to identify the suspect as Justin Williams and the victim picked his image from a photo line up. Based on the evidence, he was arrested.

Williams is charged with sexual assault on a victim over 12 years of age, dealing in stolen property and grand theft of $300 or move but less than $5,000

He was booked into the Leon County Detention Center on Tuesday and remained jailed Wednesday on a $12,500 bond.