The man has since been identified as 28-year-old Marquest Shawnell Ruffins, who was arrested after an investigation by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office. Ruffins has since been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation, battery, and kidnapping.
At the time, the female victim had been walking in the area near World Plaza Lane around 6:30 p.m. when Ruffins approached her in his four-door sedan and tried to pull her into his vehicle.
Police said that the sex crime was committed before the female was able to break free and run to safety.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the sexual assault.
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