DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a second report of sexual battery on the beach.
- 2nd report of sexual battery at the beach in Volusia County
- Incident occurred in area of Seabreeze Blvd and A1A in Daytona Beach
- 68-year-old woman attacked in first sexual battery case
The incident was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. Saturday on the 600 block north of the beach, in the area of Seabreeze Blvd and A1A in Daytona Beach.
A woman told Volusia County deputies that she had consented to having sex with a man on the beach. But Sheriff Mike Chitwood says instead, the man turned and began brutally beating and sexually assaulting her.
“Some people might say, oh yeah, she agreed to have sex with this guy that is why she is a victim," Chitwood said. "Whereas the 69-year-old woman was just walking on the beach. Well in my opinion and experience, a sex offender is a sex offender is a sex offender.”
Chitwood said the attack is similar to an attack that happened last week, but they are waiting for forensics to determine if it's the same suspect. DNA rape kits were completed in both cases and they hope to have the results for the first case this week.
On Aug. 31, deputies say a 68-year-old woman was attacked and sexually battered on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores.
The incident reportedly happened before 6 a.m. in the area between Dunlawton Avenue and the El Portal beach approach.
The woman told deputies she was walking alone on the beach when she was knocked unconscious. When she woke up, the woman noticed that her clothes were missing from the waist down, deputies said.
The Volusia County Sheriff's Office is sending more deputies out in plain clothes to canvass the area. They are also checking for video. Chitwood said in the meantime, women in the area should be vigilant and try not to go out alone.
“There is a predator, predators out there," Chitwood said. "This is something we don’t see. We think it’s important for the community to know."
Right now law enforcement is also trying to get the measure out to another crucial group -- Daytona Beach's tourists.
“That is the challenge, the challenge is doing that," Chitwood said. "You know, I would hope that the hotels would help us out here, but you know what the hotels' bottom line is going to be, why are we going to scare tourists away?”