St. Petersburg man accused of raping, imprisoning ex-girlfriend

ST. PETERSBURG — Police say a St. Petersburg man broke into his ex-girlfriend's home, beat her, raped her and repeatedly prevented her from escaping.

John Bizzell , 36, was arrested on charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, domestic battery and burglary. He was being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on Wednesday.

Bizzell was convicted of battery in 2001, police said.

Police said Bizzell broke through a rear bedroom window. The victim had multiple injuries, including a cut on her bottom lip, police said.

When she tried to escape, police said, Bizzell repeatedly dragged her back into the house.

Eventually, the victim was able to convince Bizzell to leave, police said.

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St. Petersburg man accused of raping, imprisoning ex-girlfriend 06/09/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 3:39pm]

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