William Stamper: Teen attacks and sexually assaults Florida jogger in Wekiwa Springs
WEKIWA SPRINGS, FLORIDA: A woman was attacked and sexually assaulted while she was out for a job on a Florida trail Monday night, September 19, an incident similar to that of Eliza Fletcher, a Tennessee mother. The latter was kidnapped and murdered by a stranger. The 22-year-old woman was jogging when she was allegedly apprehended and attacked by the attacker from behind. The police further explained that the attacker moved his body in a "sexual motion."
The unnamed victim was jogging in Wekiwa Springs, near West Wekiva Trail and Harrogate Place, around 8.40 pm on Monday when a 19-year-old William Paul Stamper attacked her and assaulted her. Seminole County Sheriff Dennis Lemma told WESH that a lot of things went right in this case, claiming that the attack was clearly an attempted sexual battery. Lemma said, "He was moving his body in a sexual motion. She had indicated that he was aroused." Stamper, hailing from Longwood, was instantly identified in the surveillance video as he could be seen following the jogger, attacking, and then assaulting her. Stamper was booked into the Seminole County jail Wednesday morning on charges of attempted sexual battery, as per the jail records.
The surveillance video shows Stamper with a hat on at one point and off at another. This helped the police track his employer which in turn led to his identification. Stamper has been identified as a threat to society and will remain in jail without bond. Sheriff Lemma said everything went right in this case because Stamper left his hand and some bite marks behind, which made the DNA identification easier. But Lemma also suggests that Stamper has confessed to his doings.
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The footage and a 911 call made all the difference. The 911 caller who informed the dispatchers said, "They were screaming, and I said, are you okay? Are you okay? And they said no, please call 911. It (camera footage) captures the guy following the woman, and it captures the guy hauling [expletive] afterwards." The arrest report captures the reality of the incident which reads the victim shouting, "Who are you? Get off of me!" The accused responds aggressively with vulgarity, "Shut the [expletive] up, [expletive]."
Even though Stamper fled the scene, he was arrested on Tuesday, September 20. The incident has moved the community and people have come together to support the victim. Resident Erin Post told WESH, "But the brutality of the attack, that's when, at that point in time, I said we have to support this woman. We can't let the community sit by and let this happen. Just want her to know there's a whole group of people who are out here for her." Another jogger who likes running, Linzie Arnett told the outlet, "It's a safe community, so for that to be happening in my community, even a battery, is terrifying. I'm definitely cautious, that's why I'm running at noon, it's hot. I'm more aware of running in the daylight because it's safer, and that's terrifying that I have to think about that."