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Police search for violent sexual battery suspect
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Lakeland, Florida -- Police are searching for the man who violently attacked a woman at the Hyatt Hotel at the Lakeland Center.

Lakeland Police say the assault happened shortly after Sunday night. The victim, an employee at the hotel, was outside in an employee break area waiting for a friend to get off work.

The victim says a man walked up to her and said, "I'm sorry, excuse me," and then suddenly attacked her.

The suspect went for her throat and choked her until she fell unconscious. When she awoke, found herself being sexually assaulted.

The victim suffered significant injuries from the violent attack. Her face was extremely swollen afterwards, with one of her eyes swollen completely shut.

Hotel surveillance video showed the suspect walking through the lobby shortly before 11 p.m. Click on the video above to watch.

Lakeland Police are asking anyone that has information about this incident to contact the department at 863-834-6900.

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