Winter Haven Police have made an arrest in the August 27 attack in Trailhead Park.
Fifty-eight year-old Frederick Duchin (DOB 8-15-64, homeless) was arrested by Winter Haven Police on an unrelated drug charge on September 11, 2022. During a search of his possessions, officers located a box cutter in his pocket. The officer also noticed Duchin resembled the man in the composite sketch that was completed by our victim.
Detectives went to the Central County Jail where he was being held on the drug charge and made contact with Duchin. During their interview, Duchin admitted to seeing the victim at the park on two separate occasions.
Detectives developed a photo array and the victim positively identified Duchin as her attacker.
Duchin was charged with Armed Sexual Battery and remains in the Polk County Jail.
Previous report from 9/2/22:
Winter Haven Police investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in the sketch below.
On August 27, 2022 at approximately 11 p.m., a female was at Trailhead Park feeding cats in the area as she commonly does. As she walked back to her car, she was approached by a Hispanic man who placed something against her back as he pushed her against her vehicle. The male began cutting off her shirt from the back and physically attacked the woman. He then walked off while laughing.
The woman told investigators that she saw the man there on August 25 while she was feeding the cats and he asked her for assistance over to a bench because he couldn’t see.
Anyone with information on the identity of the man in the sketch is asked to contact Detective Cobb at 863-837-9459. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Heartland Crime Stoppers:
- Call 1-800-226 TIPS (8477)
- From your cell phone, dial **TIPS
- Or visit the website www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com and click on “Submit A Tip,”
- Or download the free “P3tips” app on your smartphone or tablet.
You will always remain anonymous when you send a tip through Crime Stoppers and you are eligible for a cash reward if your information leads to an arrest.