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Ybor attempted-rape suspect recognized on TV, faces another charge

TAMPA — A 24-year-old man accused of trying to rape a woman in Ybor City on Sunday faces another sexual battery charge after a different woman recognized his mug shot on TV and said he did the same thing to her.

Police said that at about 3:40 a.m., Gaylyn G. Batty, of 6012 S 87th St., offered a woman a ride home from Ybor. She accepted, and Batty attacked her, grabbing her mouth and throat and trying to rape her, police said.

It's not clear whether the two knew each other.

The woman resisted, biting and scratching Batty. Someone outside the car heard what was happening and called police.

Police said Batty tried to run away, but officers found him hiding in a trash bin and arrested him on sexual battery charges.

When his mug shot was shown on TV news, another woman called police and told them Batty did the same thing to her on Dec. 7. She apparently had met Batty at a convenience store on N 40th Street and Hanna Avenue and invited him back to her house. She told police that they had had a few casual conversations before that night.

When the two got there, Batty tried to force himself on her, police said. She told officers that she fought back and was able to escape.

"I felt very lucky that I got out of there safely," the woman told a reporter at Batty's first appearance in court Tuesday morning.

She said she reported her attack to authorities, but she didn't know Batty's full name at the time.

Andrea Davis, Tampa police spokeswoman, said the incidents offer a reminder about personal safety.

"No one asks to be a victim of a crime," Davis said, "but be aware of who you're getting in a car with and letting into your home."

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Ybor attempted-rape suspect recognized on TV, faces another charge 12/15/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 1:59pm]
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