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Clearwater man accused of kidnapping, sexual battery at knifepoint

CLEARWATER — Police arrested a Clearwater man Friday on charges that he forced a woman to have oral sex with him at knifepoint.

Jackie Bridges, 48, of 711 S Lincoln Ave., was arrested on charges of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and failure to register as a sexual offender.

Police said Bridges has abused the 41-year-old woman before.

The most recent incident started Monday, when Bridges jumped into the woman's car as she was leaving her home.

He held her at knifepoint, police said, and ordered her to drive from Clearwater to a parking lot near the Sunshine Skyway bridge in St. Petersburg. Once parked, he held the knife to her and made her perform oral sex.

He then had her drop him off at a Clearwater gas station.

The ordeal happened about three days after the woman called police involving a similar incident.

On Jan. 8, she reported that Bridges cut her on the arm with a knife and punched her in the back. Her injuries were minimal, police said.

The woman was too scared to report his behavior in the past, police said.

Bridges remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday.

He has been arrested 15 times on charges including aggravated assault with a weapon, sexual battery with a weapon, and lewd and lascivious behavior in front of a child, according to state records.

Clearwater man accused of kidnapping, sexual battery at knifepoint 01/15/10 [Last modified: Friday, January 15, 2010 7:06pm]
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