Friday, November 24, 2017
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Seminole man charged with trying to sexually assault a homeless woman

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LARGO — A Seminole man charged with attempted sexual assault is said to have invited a woman over for a place to rest before attacking her.

Kenneth Scott Folger, 51, was arrested Tuesday and also charged with hitting the woman and keeping her from talking with 911.

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office gave this account:

Folger offered the woman, who is homeless, a place to sleep Tuesday night.

Folger had a home in Seminole, but he attacked the woman at about 8 p.m. while the two were near some businesses along 140th Avenue N in Clearwater.

He demanded that she perform oral sex on him, and the woman refused. He grabbed her by the throat with both hands and squeezed.

The two fought, and the woman pulled out her cellphone and dialed 911. Folger knocked it from her hands, but the call was still going.

Operators heard her panicked cries for help, and police arrived to find out what was happening.

Folger took a pair of scissors from his pocket and put the blade up to the woman's neck, saying he'd kill her if she screamed. He started touching her body over her clothes.

At some point, deputies heard the woman's cries coming from an outdoor ramp at 4470 140th Ave. N, and Folger took off running.

Deputies arrested Folger about an hour later near Ulmerton Road.

The woman was taken to a hospital for minor injuries to her nose.

Folger was injured when the woman fought back and after he drunkenly fell out of a deputy's cruiser, said Pinellas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

He was being held at Pinellas County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 bail.

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