Updated: October 11, 2017


FLORENCE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAVE ARRESTED A MAN IN CONNECTION TO A SEXUAL ASSAULT THAT OCCURRED EARLY THIS MORNING.  ACCORDING TO MEDIA REPORTS, OFFICERS WERE NOTIFIED OF THE INCIDENT AROUND 6:30 AND SPENT ROUGHLY THREE HOURS SEARCHING THE LAKESIDE HIGHLANDS AREA UNTIL CATCHING UP WITH THE SUSPECT UNDER A DOCK ON THE TENNESSEE RIVER.  INVESTIGATORS SAY, BROCK ALLEN GOOCH, 24, WAS ARRESTED AND IS CURRENTLY CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTING TO ELUDE POLICE. GOOCH ALLEGEDLY STOLE A VEHICLE IN MUSCLE SHOALS AROUND 3:30, PRIOR TO KIDNAPPING HIS VICTIM AND SEXUALLY ASSAULTING HER.  THE VICTIM WAS TAKEN TO ECM FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT AND GOOCH IS BEING HELD IN THE LAUDERDALE COUNTY DETENTION CENTER ON 1000 BOND.  ADDITIONAL CHARGES MAY BE ADDED AS THE INVESTIGATION CONTINUES.