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St. Pete man met woman at WaWa, then raped her at abandoned mobile home park, police say

Richard Taormino, 44, faces three counts of sexual battery with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping.
Richard Taormino is accused of beating and raping a woman in an abandoned mobile home park, according to St. Petersburg police. [Pinellas County jail] [Pinellas County jail]
Richard Taormino is accused of beating and raping a woman in an abandoned mobile home park, according to St. Petersburg police. [Pinellas County jail] [Pinellas County jail]
Published Dec. 5, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — Officers arrested a man who they say beat, bound and raped a woman last month in an abandoned mobile home park.

According to St. Petersburg police, the man, Richard Taormino, and the woman met at a Wawa gas station in the early hours of Nov. 24.

About 3 a.m., Taormino, sitting at a table outside, starting talking to the woman, whose identity has been withheld because she is the victim of a sex crime. He offered to fix a bike tire for her.

They left the Wawa at 86th Avenue N and Fourth Street N and walked to an abandoned mobile home park at 586 87th Ave. N, police said.

Once in the driveway, Taormino, 44, forced the woman inside a trailer, holding a knife to her throat. She fought back, hard enough to wound her hands, according to police. Taormino choked her and punched her face repeatedly, causing her nose to break and left eye to swell shut.

He then forced the woman into the bedroom. He handcuffed her and tied her hands and feet together, then raped her multiple times, according to police.

Taormino faces three counts of sexual battery with a deadly weapon and one count of kidnapping. He was booked into the Pinellas County jail Wednesday, where he remained Thursday in lieu of no bail.

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