Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

St. Petersburg man accused of attacking and raping woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Charles Pitts was upset and angry about his life.

On Friday, police said, he took it out on a woman he knows.

Police, who arrested Pitts on Sunday, said he strangled the woman, tried to drown her and raped her at knifepoint.

The incident, a report said, happened as Pitts blamed the woman "for his life's failures."

Pitts is listed as a 28-year-old St. Petersburg College student.

Police said she was attacked at about 1:15 a.m. Friday inside Pitts' home in the 10300 block of Third Street N.

Police said Pitts bound the woman's hands and feet with duct tape. He stuffed a sock in her mouth, then taped that, too. He shoved her in a bathtub filled with water.

Then he threw a knife, missing her head. He choked her and got upset, police said, that she wouldn't die.

The woman managed to get out of the tub when Pitts left the room. She got to a bedroom and wrapped herself in a towel.

Pitts came back— with a samurai sword, police said. He then raped the woman, they said. The woman snuck out of the home and went for help After Pitts fell asleep, the affidavit said.

Pitts was being held without bail Monday at the Pinellas County Jail on charges of sexual battery with a deadly weapon, domestic battery by strangulation and false imprisonment.

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