Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Public safety

Tarpon Springs man charged in New Port Richey rape

NEW PORT RICHEY — Detectives on Tuesday brought charges against a man accused of breaking into a house, holding people at gunpoint and raping a woman.

Mark Anthony Summers, 18, and another man who remains at large went to a home in New Port Richey about 9:30 p.m. Aug. 24, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

They forced their way inside by aiming a gun at one woman, reports say. Inside were at least two women and two children, the Sheriff's Office says. The suspects took money and jewelry. Reports say Summers raped one of the women twice.

Summers, of 612 North Avenue in Tarpon Springs, was arrested on Sept. 1 in Pinellas County on a warrant for unrelated charges. He remained in Pinellas County Jail while detectives investigated the New Port Richey case.

They took DNA samples from the rape victim and a DNA swab from Summers while he was in jail. The Sheriff's Office says the two matched.

Summers was charged with two counts of felony sexual battery, three counts of false imprisonment and one count of home invasion robbery. He remains in Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $450,000 bail.

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