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Tarpon Springs man accused of raping teenager

TARPON SPRINGS — A 30-year-old man was arrested Wednesday, accused of raping a 16-year-old girl in February.

Arkeyel D. Reynolds, who goes by the nickname "Butter Roll," was charged with unlawful sexual activity on a minor. On Thursday evening, Reynolds, of 518 S Disston Ave., Tarpon Springs, was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The Feb. 25 assault happened in Holiday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The victim, who was not identified, lives in Pinellas County.

According to Pasco investigators, the girl said she met Reynolds and another man while she was visiting a school classmate in Tarpon Springs.

The two men drove the two girls to a home in Holiday. While they were in the vehicle, Reynolds "fondled" the girl's legs, which scared her, she told investigators.

When the four got to the Holiday residence, the victim's classmate and the other man stayed in the car, while she and Reynolds went inside, the girl reported.

While inside the home, Reynolds propositioned the teenager for sex and she refused, according to an affidavit for an arrest warrant. Reynolds then pulled the girl's shorts down, pulled his own pants off and raped her, the affidavit states. At some point, he flashed a handgun at her, the girl told investigators.

Afterwards, Reynolds drove the girl back to Tarpon Springs, authorities said.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office obtained a warrant for Reynolds' arrest after detectives were unable to locate him.

He was picked up in Tarpon Springs on Wednesday after a Tarpon Springs police officer saw him walking into a business on South Pinellas Avenue.

Tarpon Springs man accused of raping teenager 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 5:19pm]
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