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Port Richey man, 41, accused of raping 82-year-old woman

PORT RICHEY — A 41-year-old man was arrested Wednesday after he beat and raped an 82-year-old woman, authorities said.

On Monday afternoon, Thomas Herris Sigler III asked the woman if she would drive him to get food, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The two were acquaintances, said sheriff's spokesman Doug Tobin. She took Sigler to Sam's Beach Bar.

When they got back to the woman's home, the woman told Sigler she was going to bed and he should go home, the report states, but he wouldn't.

He followed her inside her home and into her bedroom, where he pinned the woman to her bed and raped her, the report said.

Sigler struck her in the head, and his grasp on her arms and legs left bruises, authorities said. As he fled her home, he grabbed $450 from her wallet, the report said.

The woman called family members who reported the incident, Tobin said.

Deputies arrested Sigler, of Port Richey, on Wednesday on charges of sexual battery and kidnapping. He remained in jail Thursday in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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