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Ride home turned into beating and rape at gunpoint, woman says

A car ride in the wee hours of Thursday morning may have ended in the beating and rape of a woman, arrest records show.

Deputies arrested a 25-year-old roofer accused of raping a woman at gun point.

Jose Antonio Garcia of 5612 E 28th Ave., Tampa, is charged with sexual battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a firearm and kidnapping to facilitate commission of a felony, arrest records show.

Garcia picked up the woman at Williams Road and U.S. 92 and the two drove around until they arrived at 8602 Temple Terrace Highway, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Here's what the arrest affidavit says happened next:

When the woman went inside a storage unit to use the restroom, Garcia went with her and pointed a gun at her. The two struggled over the pistol and it fired once through the roof, but Garcia eventually regained control of the gun and hit the woman in the mouth and several times in the head, causing cuts and bruises to her face.

Garcia then removed her shorts and raped her. Afterward, she ran away and Garcia fired the gun once more, according to the report. He was being held at the Orient Road Jail without bail Thursday night.

Ride home turned into beating and rape at gunpoint, woman says 04/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 1, 2009 12:19pm]
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