Tampa man accused of kidnapping, raping woman he knows

Tampa

Man accused of kidnapping, rape

Police arrested a man Saturday morning they say kidnapped a woman he knew and raped her.

Pierre Larkin, 25, of Tampa went to the woman's apartment near Fowler and Nebraska avenues on Friday morning, Tampa police said. He put a knife to a woman's waist and forced her to climb out of her window. He then put the victim in his car, drove her to his home and raped her, according to the arrest report.

After the attack, he wiped the victim off with a T-shirt and wrapped the knife in it, which police found, the report said.

The victim identified Larkin as her attacker, and he admitted to the offense after he was arrested Saturday morning, police said. He was charged with armed kidnapping and sexual battery.

TAMPA

Fire damages east Tampa funeral home

A fire that started in an outside air-conditioning unit caused $50,000 in damage to an east Tampa funeral home Friday night.

Someone reported flames coming from the integrity Funeral Home at 3822 E Seventh Ave. just before 11 p.m., Tampa Fire Rescue said.

It took 40 minutes to put out the flames, which spread from the air conditioner to the attic space.

There was no smoke or fire damage to the bodies inside the funeral home, Fire Rescue said. Investigators blamed a mechanical failure for the air conditioner catching fire.

Ruskin

Man's shooting death appears accidental

Hillsborough sheriff's deputies are investigating a man's death following what appeared to be an accidental shooting Saturday afternoon.

At 4:50 p.m., the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received a call from 2407 W Ravine Drive about a shooting and found John Bartha, 64, with a chest wound.

An early investigation revealed Bartha may have shot himself while handling a gun, said Deputy Larry McKinnon, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Bartha was a minister at Ruskin United Methodist Church.

RUSKIN

Motorcyclist killed after hitting cow

A 69-year-old Minnesota man died Friday night after his motorcycle collided with a cow on U.S. 41, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Maurice Anthony Fugere of Cottage Grove, Minn., was heading south on U.S. 41, south of College Avenue, about 7:30 p.m. when he entered a curve and hit a cow that was standing in the road, troopers said.

The impact threw Fugere from his Harley-Davidson, according to investigators. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Times staff

Tampa man accused of kidnapping, raping woman he knows 02/19/11 [Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 11:39pm]

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