Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Public safety

Clearwater ex-convict accused of sexually assaulting two women at gunpoint Wednesday

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater ex-convict with a history of violent crime was arrested Wednesday after two women told police he kidnapped and sexually assaulted them.

Larry Wayne Coburn Jr., 34, abducted a 45-year-old woman at gunpoint near Myrtle Avenue and Bryant Street around 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said.

The woman said Coburn drove her to Largo, near where Ponce de Leon Boulevard crosses the Pinellas Trail, and sexually battered her, police said. When Coburn let the woman go, she called police.

A 51-year-old woman called Belleair police around the same time to report she had also been sexually assaulted at gunpoint.

Officers found the suspect's car in Largo, but Coburn ran, police said. Officers found and arrested him around noon Wednesday on Ranchwood Drive in Clearwater's Morningside Estates neighborhood, where he was working for a lawn service.

In a statement, Clearwater police Chief Anthony Holloway said, "Apprehending him was a priority before he could hurt anyone else."

Coburn, who is being held without bail, was charged Wednesday with armed kidnapping and sexual battery, his 18th arrest in Florida since 1994, state criminal records show. He has been convicted of five violent crimes.

The women attacked Wednesday were not identified because they were victims of sexual abuse.

Drew Harwell can be reached at (727) 445-4170 or [email protected]

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