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St. Petersburg man accused of trying to rape one prostitute, then raping another

ST. PETERSBURG — A St. Petersburg transient tried to rape a prostitute Friday morning and after she escaped raped another prostitute, police said.

Terry Allen, 29-year-old, was riding a bike when he approached a 30-year-old prostitute at First Avenue N and 35th Street around 3 a.m. and offered $20 for sex, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz. They went to a vacant house at 3460 Fourth Ave. S, but the prostitute became scared and wanted to leave.

"I think she was getting a bad feel for what was about to happen," Puetz said.

Allen started choking her and forced her into the house, Puetz said. Once inside, Allen told her he was going back outside to get his bike. The woman ran for the door but he grabbed her and forced her into a room.

When he turned a second time to get his bike, the woman threw herself through a glass window, ran to 34th Street and told a police officer, Puetz said.

About an hour later, Allen approached a 37-year-old prostitute on 34th Street near 13th Avenue N, but she rebuffed him, Puetz said. Allen followed her and grabbed her around the neck while riding his bicycle, Puetz said.

He dragged his bike and the woman to 1266 34th St. N., where he choked her and sexually assaulted her outside, telling the woman he would kill her if she fought him, Puetz said.

The woman ran away after the assault and flagged down a passerby, who notified police.

Officers found Allen blocks away, and both women identified him, Puetz said.

Allen, who has been arrested before for drug and firearm charges and was recently cited for an open container violation, was brought to Pinellas County Jail to be booked Friday morning. He faces kidnapping and sexual battery charges, and more charges are likely pending, Puetz said.

St. Petersburg man accused of trying to rape one prostitute, then raping another 04/08/11 [Last modified: Friday, April 8, 2011 10:23pm]
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