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Tampa police arrest homeless man in woman's sexual battery case

TAMPA — Police on Monday arrested a homeless man accused of sexually battering a woman as she walked down 34th Street in east Tampa early one morning.

Gregory Carnell Weaver, 38, was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping.

Police said that about 4 a.m. Aug. 11, Weaver ran up to the victim and grabbed her from behind. He held what felt to her like a knife, an arrest affidavit states.

The attacker forced the woman, who is not being named because of the nature of the crime, to walk to a park. When they arrived, he told her to "shut up" and "be quiet," adding, "When I'm through, I'll let you go," the affidavit states.

He threw her to the ground near a playground and forced her to take off her shorts. Then he sexually battered her, according to the report.

She got away after he grabbed her purse and started looking through it, police said.

Monday, the victim picked Weaver out of a photo lineup, the affidavit states. He was arrested about 7:30 p.m. in the 3000 block of E Caracas Street.

Weaver remained in jail Tuesday without bail.

Records show he spent nearly two years in prison, starting in 2004, for battery on a law enforcement officer. He also has been convicted of battering an officer in 1992, carrying a concealed firearm and obstructing an officer without violence.

Times staff writer Danny Valentine contributed to this report. Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or jvandervelde@sptimes.com.

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