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Man who attacked woman and stole her shorts arrested, deputies say

Deputies arrested a man they said tackled a woman in February and removed her shorts before fleeing.

Robert Mark Hembree Jr., 31, was arrested late Friday. He faces charges of sexual battery and petit theft.

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According to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, a woman was walking west on a Northdale-Lake Park trail near her neighborhood when Hembree tackled her to the ground from behind.

He removed her shorts and underclothing, stood over her and said vulgar things, said Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Danny Alvarez. The woman kicked Hembree a few times and he ran away with the woman’s shorts over his head, deputies said.

The woman received cuts and bruises in the attack, deputies said.

Hembree was arrested on a unrelated incident and charged with criminal mischief and grand theft. Detectives said Hembree admitted to throwing the victim on the ground and seeing her naked from the waist down.

Hembree was being held at the Hillsborough County jail in lieu a $6,500 bail.

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