FLORENCE, Ala. - Florence Police continue to investigate a case where officers searched a neighborhood for an accused kidnapper and rapist.
Investigators have released the following timeline:
On October 11, at approximately 3:40 a.m., Florence Police were notified by the Muscle Shoals Police Department that they were in a pursuit coming into Florence. When officers arrived in the area, MSPD had lost sight of the vehicle in the area of the Marriott hotel. It was reported that the vehicle was stolen and the suspect had a firearm. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle and cleared the scene.
When officers arrived in the area, MSPD had lost sight of the vehicle near the Marriott hotel. It was reported that the vehicle was stolen and the driver had a firearm. Officers were unable to locate the vehicle and cleared the scene.
Around 6:40 a.m., Florence Police were called to a rape in the Lakeside Highlands Neighborhood on Shoals Blvd. The victim was not aware of her location, but 911 was able to assist in tracking her to a residence on Shoals Blvd.
When officers arrived, they found the victim but the offender had already left the scene. The victim told officers that a that a man tried to force her to leave with him. The man was identified as Brock Gooch, who had fled on foot before officers arrived. The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment.
During this time, police received another call of a man running through a field that connected to the subdivision. Officers established a perimeter and called in a K-9 unit. Approximately 3 hours later
Authorities say that around 3 hours later Gooch was found on Lakeside Dr. and taken into custody. Investigators are still waiting to talk with Gooch.
After the incident, police were able to speak with the owner of the stolen vehicle that was involved in the pursuit. He stated that the
The owner told authorities that Gooch took his vehicle on Royal Ave and made him get out of the vehicle in Muscle Shoals. When the owner was reporting the vehicle as being stolen to police, Gooch drove by and Muscle Shoals police began their pursuit.
At this time, the investigation is ongoing.