Man arrested after woman uses knife to fend off attacker in Gainesville park

24-year-old Hykeem Ford-Marlin is charged with simple assault and indecent exposure. Source: Alachua County Jail.

Gainesville Police have arrested a man accused of attacking a woman near Bo Diddly Park.

Police charged 24-year-old Hykeem Ford-Marlin with battery and indecent exposure.

The incident happened July 8th when a man grabbed the victim's arms and kissed her breasts over her shirt after she walked out of the park bathroom.

The victim told police she pulled out a pen-knife to ward the man off. That's when he exposed himself and masturbated in front of her, according to a police report.

Police say the victim identified Ford-Marlin in a police lineup. He was arrested Saturday night and is being held on $50,000 bond at the Alachua County Jail.

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