A woman is attacked and raped in Jacksonville Beach. And we've learned the suspect is a 21 year-old stationed at Naval Station Mayport, identified as Edward Marshall-Byrd Jr.
Detective Mark Evans says the suspect was positively ID'd by the victim and two witnesses a few minutes after the attack early Friday morning, between 3am and 4am.
"She was hit, she was beaten, she was knocked to the ground. He sexually assaulted her".
We're told the 24 year-old victim is in stable condition at the hospital and that she did not know the attacker.
Sgt. Evans says the victim lives in NE Florida and was walking to a friend's house when the attack occurred.
Evans says the suspect is not originally from NE Florida. Marshall-Byrd Jr. is charged with Sexual Battery with Great Bodily Injury.