ORLANDO, Fla. - Orlando Police have located and arrested a man who reportedly sexually assaulted a Florida woman in her bedroom on June 4 after receiving a Crimeline tip.
Karland Gillens, 46, was arrested on charges of armed sexual battery, false imprisonment with a weapon, and armed burglary according to the Orlando Police Department.
Police said Gillens threatened the woman with a gun during the incident and the incident left some Carver Shores neighborhood residents worried.
"I’ve been here since 1972. We never had this going on," said Dinah Foreste.
On June 4, police released a sketch of Gillens to the public along with a reward of $1,000 for information leading to his arrest after he allegedly assaulted a woman in the Carver Shores neighborhood.
"So happy this community stepped up. Did what we asked them to do. Provided us with tips. And it ultimately helped the Orlando police department identify the suspect involved in it.," said Crimeline Executive Director Barb Bergin.
Over 1,800 flyers were mailed out to residents in Carver Shores.
"It’s a pretty effective tool because what we know is everybody is going to open their mail. They’re at least going to glance at it. And when you have a case like this where there’s a composite, you never know when a light bulb is going to come on and somebody’s gonna say, I think I might know that person," said Bergin.
And while there’s a reward, Bergin says that’s not usually why people call in with tips. "Most people don’t collect the reward these days. People use Crimeline more because they just want to be anonymous."
If you'd like to make a tip in any case call Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS. The person who called in this latest tip is eligible for a reward.