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Trans woman purposely dragged behind vehicle for two blocks in FL crime

Witnesses say the victim is transgender, but police have not confirmed that.
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Jacksonville, Florida Sheriff's Office.

Jacksonville, Florida, law enforcement officials are looking for a suspect who they say dragged a person, believed to be trans, tied to a rope behind a minivan on Friday. 

The Sheriff's Office has video of the incident but they are not willing to show it to the public.

“We can’t release it,” JSO Assistant Chief Brien Kee said. “It is horrendous.”​​​​​​

Multiple sources have said that the victim is transgender, but Kee, using masculine pronouns to identify the victim, says that cannot be confirmed. 

"I don't know how this person identifies and, obviously, we want to be respectful of how this person identifies himself," he said.

The police have posted edited still shots of the vehicle involved on social media and say they have located it but not the suspect. They are asking for the public's help with the case. 

Local news station WJXT reports that the victim had been severely beaten prior to being tied to the car. They were then dragged for about two blocks before the rope was cut. 

The victim is currently recovering at the hospital with life-threatening injuries. 

A witness says the event started at the Majestic Plaza Apartments inside one of the units.

Earlier this month another Florida trans woman was found dead inside a car that had been set on fire. A suspect in that case has been arrested. 

Anyone with information about the most recent case or can identify who was driving the minivan is being asked to call the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS (8477).