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Suspect nabbed in UF rapes

A man accused of sexually assaulting two female University of Florida students in their dormitory room last week was arrested Sunday, police said.

Police arrested Elbert Jones Jr., 34, at his home just after 2 a.m. Jones is being held in the Alachua County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

The arrest came an hour after Circuit Judge Robert Cates issued warrants against Jones for sexual battery with a deadly weapon, principal first-degree sexual battery with a deadly weapon and armed burglary.

Cates issued the warrants just hours after the victims, ages 18 and 19, separately identified Jones from a photo lineup.

"We were hot on the trail after two days on the incident," University Police spokeswoman Angie Tipton told the Gainesville Sun for a story in today's editions. "The investigators were very methodical, and we're just relieved to have an end to this case."

Jewelry believed stolen from the victims was recovered in Jones' home, Tipton said. Police also found in his home a knife he may have used and clothing he may have worn during the attack.

As news of the arrest trickled across campus, students reacted with a guarded sigh of relief.

The assault happened about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday as two students re-entered their dorm after one finished smoking a cigarette. Their assailant slipped through a security door after them, then forced his way past another door and chased them to their room.