Sunday, December 17, 2017
Public safety

RNC cameras help police find suspect in attack at Tampa parking garage

TAMPA — After hours of searching aided by downtown surveillance cameras, police accused a homeless man from Delaware of attacking and fondling a woman in a parking garage Thursday morning.

Police said that at 11:37 a.m., a 63-year-old woman was walking to the ninth-floor elevator at the Fort Brook Garage, near the intersection of Franklin and Whiting streets.

An attacker grabbed her, dragged her to the stairwell and pushed her to the ground. Then, he punched her several times and fondled her, police said.

The woman began screaming loudly for help. The man ran off.

Police spent several hours searching for him, using images taken just after the attack by security cameras installed for the Republican National Convention.

Then about 5 p.m., police announced they were questioning a man who matched the description.

Two officers spotted Glen Mayfield, 57, whose last known address was in Delaware, sitting on a bench in Lykes Gaslight Square Park. He was taken into custody and faces charges of attempted sexual battery, kidnapping and failure to register as a sex offender. He also had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear in court for not register as a sex offender, authorities said.

Police said Mayfield has an extensive criminal history that dates to 1978 and includes rape, kidnapping, sodomy, unlawful sex and offensive touching.

Detectives believe Mayfield recently moved to Tampa and was living on the streets. He was not cooperating with the investigation Thursday afternoon.

Without the help of the surveillance cameras, a police spokeswoman said detectives would have needed a DNA match to confirm a suspect.

Staff writer Robbyn Mitchell contributed to this report.

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