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Teen accused of beating, attempting to rape an 81-year-old woman in South Hillsborough

CLAIRE-MEL CITY — A Tampa teen was arrested today and charged with the attempted sexual battery of an 81-year-old woman on May 6.

The woman spotted Rafaelo Rodriguez, 18, before noon in her neighborhood and told deputies she recognized him as the young man who had once offered to do yard work for her and later attacked her, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

She told deputies on May 6 that a young man who had asked to do yard work walked into her home through an unlocked door, forced her into a bedroom and said he was going to rape her. Then he held her down on a bed and pulled a large clump of hair from her head as she struggled.

After attempting to sexually batter the elderly woman, the man ran from the house, deputies said.

Rodriguez, of 5831 Hammon Drive, Tampa, has been charged with burglary with battery, committing a lewd and lascivious act on the elderly, and battery on the elderly. He was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Teen accused of beating, attempting to rape an 81-year-old woman in South Hillsborough 05/26/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 9:06pm]
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