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Tampa man held in rape of woman in abandoned building

TAMPA — Police on Sunday morning accused a Tampa man of raping and beating a woman inside an abandoned building.

Michael L. Sanks, 23, admitted to officers he broke into the Central Avenue building by crawling underneath and had lived there with the victim, police said.

According to reports, the woman told police he had raped and beat her numerous times, but she was too afraid to flee or to report the crimes. Police said she sustained bruises consistent with rape.

Sanks, who goes by the alias Andrew "Dirty Mike" Palmer, faces charges of sexual battery, aggravated battery, trespassing and giving a false name to a police officer.

He was being held at the jail without bail.

Tampa man held in rape of woman in abandoned building 03/17/13 [Last modified: Sunday, March 17, 2013 11:01pm]

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