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Lakeland man charged in Ybor City rape

A Lakeland man was arrested Friday after a DNA test produced a positive match in a May rape case, Tampa police said.

Charles Newbold attacked the 24-year-old victim in her home, which is a converted bus, in Historic Ybor City on May 27, police said. Crime scene investigators recovered DNA and matched it to Newbold.

A few hours after the attack, the woman posted some details on Twitter. Police later asked her to stop posting about the rape.

On her Twitter feed, the victim's first post about the rape said: "Ybor- 6'2 black man w scruffy beard blue shirt tan shorts driving commercial truck call me. broke into (the bus) & raped me. Glad im alive."

Police arrested Newbold at a Lakeland gas station. He is facing charges of sexual battery and burglary, police said. Newbold has a lengthy criminal history, including narcotics charges.

Biz Carson can be reached at or (813) 661-2441.

Lakeland man charged in Ybor City rape 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 11:28pm]
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