On April 30, 2020, at 11:47 p.m., Torrance Peterson, 27, was found by an employee inside the women’s restroom at WaWa, 2604 HWY 301 S. Peterson was asked to leave the business by employees, which he did.

At the same time, the victim, an adult female customer observed Peterson standing outside of the WaWa, with his penis exposed, masturbating and watching her. The victim immediately entered her vehicle and left the parking lot. She then noticed a dark in color SUV following her out of the parking lot.

The victim drove to her apartment complex and upon exiting her vehicle, noticed the same dark-colored SUV parked inside the complex near where she parked her car. The victim then observed Torrance Peterson exit the SUV, but then lost sight of him. As the victim walked to her apartment, Peterson approached her from behind and forcefully grabbed the victim around her neck all while having his penis exposed.

Thankfully, the victim was able to defend herself and escape from Peterson’s grasp,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “It was her strength and attention to detail that helped detectives to positively identify Peterson and the SUV he was driving.”

Peterson is known to drive two vehicles, one of which is pictured below. Anyone who believes they have additional information regarding Peterson is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at (813) 247-8200.