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Man took pictures and attempted to rape sleeping woman, Tampa police say

TAMPA

MAN accused of attack on sleeping woman

A man took a picture of a sleeping woman through her bedroom window before entering the home and attempting to sexually batter her, Tampa police said Sunday. Fernando Clemente, 21, of 3410 W Palmetto St., stood outside the woman's bedroom window about 3:30 a.m. Sunday and took a picture of her with a cell phone, authorities said. He then made his way into her home through an unlocked back door and sat next to her. The woman awoke when Clemente began to pull down her pants, an arrest report stated. When she tried to sit up, he pushed her back down saying, "Shh, shh, it's okay," according to the report. The report doesn't specify where the attack occurred. The woman later managed to sit up and Clemente fled, police said. Officers arrested him at 11 a.m. at a South Tampa restaurant where he works as a cook, according to jail records. Clemente was booked into Hillsborough County jail, where he was being held without bail Sunday on charges of attempted sexual battery on a physically helpless person, burglary with battery, and voyeurism. His arrest report notes he is not a U.S. citizen.

PUNTA GORDA

Starbucks voyeur suspect dies

A Riverview man accused of planting a videocamera in a Starbucks bathroom was found dead Sunday morning in a Punta Gorda hotel room, authorities said. The Charlotte County Sheriff's Office is investigating the death of Eric Efaw, 44, but said foul play is not suspected. Last month, a manager at the Starbucks store inside the Westfield Brandon mall discovered a camera in the unisex restroom and called authorities. Hillsborough County deputies reviewed the images and found their suspect. He apparently had left the camera on beforehand and it captured images of him and his license plate. Deputies arrested Efaw on a voyeurism charge Wednesday. Records show the self-employed Web designer was released Thursday from Hillsborough County jail on $10,000 bail.

Today's picks

HERNANDO COUNTY

Healthy Hearts Education Series presents 'Meet the Pharmacist': Pharmacists who will discuss prescription medications and heart health. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Free. Oak Hill Hospital Partner's Club, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 597-6333.

PASCO COUNTY

Old Time Radio Club Benefit Show: 2 p.m., CARES Musunuru, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. This Old Time Radio Club performance pays tribute to KDKA in Pittsburgh, the first U.S. radio station to broadcast commercially. Proceeds benefit CARES. $3. (727) 863-6868.

Today's meetings

HERNANDO COUNTY

Hernando County Planning and Zoning Commission: 9 a.m. commission chambers, Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.

Area 13 Family Care Council: 10 a.m., Wildwood Agency for Persons with Disabilities, 1601 W Gulf Atlantic Highway, Wildwood.

PASCO COUNTY

Zephyrhills City Council: 6 p.m., City Hall, 5335 Eighth St.

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