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Man faces sexual battery charge in South Tampa attack



TAMPA — Early Sunday, a man followed a woman along S Howard Avenue, forced her into a parking lot and sexually battered her on the hood of a car, according to Tampa police.

Juan Vasquez-Vasquez of Tampa, who turned 18 Saturday, was jailed on charges that include sexual battery and kidnapping. Police say he and the victim, 20, were strangers.

It happened about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. The woman was walking near the intersection of Howard and Swann avenues when Vasquez approached and began walking beside her, police said. Near the front of a closed Panera Bread restaurant, Vasquez grabbed the woman and forced her to the restaurant's rear parking lot, police said.

He shoved the woman onto the hood of a parked car and sexually attacked her, according to an arrest report.

A group of people nearby saw what was happening, prompting Vasquez to run, police said. A police officer spotted Vasquez running toward a dead-end on Moody Avenue and yelled for him to stop, the arrest report stated. Vasquez kept running and tried to hop a fence before the officer caught up and arrested him. A search turned up two fake IDs, police said.

Vasquez was booked in jail on charges of sexual battery, kidnapping, resisting an officer and possession of fake identification. He was being held without bail.

Man faces sexual battery charge in South Tampa attack 05/12/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 10:34pm]
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