May 24, 2011

Tavernier man charged with sexual assault

Islamorada – A Tavernier man is under arrest, charged with sexually assaulting a woman in January in Islamorada.

The 27 year old victim called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident January 9th. She said she’d been drinking with friends at Hog Heaven Sports Bar the night before. She said as she was leaving, a man who was with the group that she didn’t know was walking with her.  She said he took her into a wooded area and held her down by the neck. She said he told her to “shut up”. He then allegedly sexually assaulted her.

Afterward, she said he left and she went home. She later identified her attacker from a photo line-up as 23 year old Alexander Acs. A sexual assault examination was done on the victim and DNA from her attacker was sent to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. It was positively matched to DNA obtained from Acs.

After receiving the positive DNA match back from FDLE, Detective Daniel Mehler obtained an arrest warrant for Acs. Today, he was arrested and charged with sexual assault. He is currently in the Monroe County Detention Center.

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