Gulfport police arrested James VanDyke, 38, on charges of kidnapping and sexual battery after a young woman staggered to a neighbor's house, naked and bleeding Monday night. She told Harold Ashley and his wife, Jackie, that one of their neighbors had kidnapped and raped her, bound her with tape and left for work. Police say VanDyke picked up the woman, who is a prostitute, Monday afternoon. Then he repeatedly raped her and beat her, police said. Before going to work Monday night, according to police, VanDyke bound her and left her on a table in his home at 2617 47th Street S. The woman managed wriggle loose and escape through a window, police said. VanDyke was a technician at Sleep Technologies of Florida for four years, according to Raymond Powell, the company's owner. He was hired after a thorough background check and has been fired, Powell said. The woman was not named because of the nature of the crime. VanDyke has been a regular client of hers for about three months, police said.
Deputies find pot farm in a garage
Deputies looking into an alleged theft of electrical power at a home Monday discovered a small forest of marijuana plants in the garage. The search of a house at 11850 Osprey Ave. turned up 53 mature marijuana plants between 18 and 24 inches tall, weighing a total of about 183 pounds, according to a report. Leonardo Torres, 42, and Yurledis Alfonso, 24, each were arrested on charges of cultivation of marijuana and theft of services.
Suspect in 3 bank robberies arrested
Kenneth Lee McFann, wanted in three area bank robberies in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, was arrested Tuesday morning at the Hard Rock Casino in Broward County, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. McFann, 22, is accused of robbing a GTE Federal Credit Union in Pasco County on Aug. 1. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office also suspects McFann in the May 8 robbery of SunTrust Bank, 11015 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, and in the June 13 robbery of Fifth Third Bank, 11710 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., Seffner. McFann remained Tuesday at the Broward County jail in lieu of $100,100 bail.