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Tampa man arrested, accused of raping St. Petersburg woman

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested a Tampa man on a charge that he raped a woman while holding a box cutter to her throat.

Robert Joseph Collins, 39, of 4512 W. Paxton Ave., was booked Wednesday evening into the Pinellas County Jail on a sexual battery charge. His bail is $100,000.

Police said the victim is a 19-year-old woman who accepted a ride from Collins on Dec. 7 in the area of 30th Avenue N and 34th Street.

After the woman climbed inside the car, Collins put a box cutter to her throat and raped her. He dropped her off sometime later.

"She went to a house, notified some residents and police were called," police spokesman Mike Puetz said.

Police developed Collins as a suspect and the woman picked him out of a photo lineup, Puetz said. Records show Collins has been convicted of drug possession and carrying a concealed weapon in the past.

Tampa man arrested, accused of raping St. Petersburg woman 02/04/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 4, 2011 6:05pm]
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