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17-year-old arrested in HCC rape case

TAMPA — Tampa police arrested a 17-year-old runaway Tuesday, accusing him of raping a Hillsborough Community College student at the Hawk's Landing student housing complex.

Alexander Wingo, whose last known address was 417 E Patterson St., was charged with false imprisonment and fraudulent use of a credit card. He is a foster child in the custody of the Florida Department of Children and Families who was recently reported as a runaway.

Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said Wingo is not an HCC student but spent time in the complex at 4010 N Lois Ave., where his girlfriend lived.

Wingo offered to help the victim carry out trash Monday, McElroy said.

Then, police say, Wingo grabbed the woman, threatened her with a butcher knife, bound her hands and feet with tape and demanded money. After she pointed Wingo to her debit card and gave him her pin number, he taped her mouth and left her in the shower with the water running, police say.

He threatened to kill her if the number didn't work, police say. When he came back demanding more money and the girl said she had none, he forced her to perform oral sex and fled, police said.

The girl freed herself about 6:25 p.m. and got help. Plainclothes officers caught Wingo about noon Tuesday on Lake Avenue. He made incriminating statements, police say, but no confession. He was wanted in Orange County on marijuana and battery charges, McElroy said. And there was a pickup order for him because he was reported as a foster care runaway. His father is serving a life sentence and his mother had given up on him, McElroy said.

She said he will be booked into the Juvenile Assessment Center until the court decides whether to charge him as an adult.

Surveillance video shows a man suspected of using the debit card of a woman he also sexually assaulted at student housing.

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Surveillance video shows a man suspected of using the debit card of a woman he also sexually assaulted at student housing.

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