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Man arrested in 2009 rape of Dade City woman


Man, 36, arrested in 2009 Dade City rape

A 36-year-old man was charged this week with raping a woman in Dade City last year.

The victim, a 38-year-old woman, told authorities she met Rudolph J. Hicks on May 25, 2009, and offered him a ride in her car as they looked for a mutual friend. She said she didn't know Hicks before that day. He told her to stop the car because he thought she had a flat tire, and then he raped her outside the vehicle, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said DNA found from the victim's sexual assault exam matched Hicks, who has spent more than five years in prison on convictions including robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and aggravated battery.

Hicks, of 38232 Goodwin Ave. in Dade City, was charged Thursday with sexual battery. He's been in custody at the Pasco County jail since September on charges of robbery by sudden snatching, battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, among other charges. He is being held without bail.

Man arrested in 2009 rape of Dade City woman 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 7:24pm]
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