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Tampa man accused of kidnapping, raping relative

Arnold Stevens Adams, 49, faces incest, sexual battery and other charges.

Arnold Stevens Adams, 49, faces incest, sexual battery and other charges.

TAMPA — A 49-year-old Tampa man released from prison in August was arrested Monday, accused of kidnapping a female relative and driving her to a pasture, where deputies say he beat and raped her.

Arnold Stevens Adams of 3111 Orient Road, Unit A, was taken into custody at 6:40 a.m.

The incident happened Sunday night, according to an arrest report. The victim tried to escape Adams' minivan, but Adams pulled at her, trying to keep her inside. The woman, whose age was not released, broke free and began running until he tackled her from behind, detectives say.

The woman suffered abrasions, lacerations and significant injury, according to an arrest report. When she asked Adams to take her home, he drove from the area.

Adams refused to stop the car, and the woman jumped from the moving car through the passenger-side window, according to the arrest report.

The victim reported the incident to deputies. Deputies found Adams' minivan at a Citgo gas station, 3939 U.S. 301, and arrested him without incident.

He faces charges of sexual battery, felony battery, false imprisonment, incest, domestic violence battery and culpable negligence.

Detectives also accused him of violating probation, stemming from two 1991 charges of indecent assault on a child under the age of 16.

State records show Adams, who has a tattoo of the grim reaper on his left arm and one of a dagger on his right shoulder, was sentenced to 15 years in prison in 1994 after being convicted of that crime. He was released in August.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report. Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at or (813) 226-3383.

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