"Some of the charges we are seeking him for are armed kidnapping, armed sexual battery and attempted murder," Avila said.

Update Captured: Florida Manhunt Underway After Woman Brutally Raped, Mutilated By Convicted Felon

Orange County Sheriff's Office is searching for Bruce Whitehead, 54, who raped and mutilated a woman off Pine Hills Rd near North Ln. on Dec. 10.
Bruce Whitehead spent 20 years in prison for rape and attempted murder in the 1980s. SOURCE: OCSO

This man was captured on Thursday morning; read the update here.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office is searching for Bruce Whitehead, 54, who raped and mutilated a woman off Pine Hills Rd near North Ln. on Dec. 10.

According to deputies, Whitehead spent 20 years in prison for rape and attempted murder in the 1980s.

Around 4 a.m. on Dec. 10, the sheriff’s office received the call after the victim escaped the man.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the victim had met Whitehead at a business.

Investigators said afterward, the two traveled to different locations, and Whitehead pulled out a weapon at one of the stops.

“At one of the stops they made, Whitehead presented a weapon and threatened to harm her if she did not comply with his demands,” Corporal Evan Avila of the OCSO Sex Crimes Unit said.

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“After he sexually battered her, he attempted to murder our victim. At that point, our victim bravely fought him off and was able to escape to a nearby subdivision,” Avila said.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, the woman is expected to recover and has been provided with resources.

Investigators were able to identify and make contact with the suspect’s vehicle, leading them to identify Whitehead as the suspect.

“Some of the charges we are seeking him for are armed kidnapping, armed sexual battery and attempted murder,” Avila said.

“At the sheriff’s office, we do believe him to be a danger to the community, which is why we have reached out to the citizens of central Florida in an effort to bring him in so that he doesn’t harm somebody else,” Avila said.

“His tattoos are unmistakable,” said OCSO.

If you know anything about his whereabouts, call Central Florida Crimeline at 800-423-8477. If you spot him, call 911 immediately.

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