Police: DNA, GPS link man to attack on female jogger


    Leronce Cheeks, 25, is facing a sexual battery charge on a jogger in 2017. (PBSO)

    DNA evidence and a GPS tracker helped police arrest a man accused of attacking a female jogger in West Palm Beach.

    Leronce Cheeks, 25, is facing a charge of sexual battery.

    Police said the crime happened more than a year ago along South Flagler Drive.

    A woman told police a man grabbed her from behind as she jogged with her dogs down the street. It was just after 5 a.m., and the woman said there were no cars or other people around. The woman said the man touched her groin area and penetrated her vagina. According to the report, the woman said she screamed and ran away to where her husband was parked a few blocks away. She told police she called 911 and she and her husband followed the attacker until her husband got a hold of him and held him until police arrived.

    Investigators, according to the report, said the woman's GPS tracker 'showed a significant jump in speed and run cadence" at about the time of the incident to corroborate her story.

    Cheeks told police he accidentally bumped into the woman and reached around her waist to prevent her from falling, and ma y have touched her groin area, but not her vagina. Cheeks also said he tried to avoid the woman because he's afraid of dogs, according to the report.

    Investigators said DNA evidence showed a likely tie to the woman, her husband and to Cheeks, than to two unknown individuals in the population, the report said.

    Police also had video surveillance which they said showed a man running toward the jogger a she ran south on South Flagler Drive. The video then shows a man running north, away from the scene, police said.



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