A 26-year-old man who St. Petersburg police describe as a gang member has been arrested on a charge that he raped a 14-year-old girl in a vehicle, court records show.
St. Petersburg resident Darzaughn Williams was arrested on Tuesday and booked at the Pinellas County jail, where he was being held on $250,000 bail.
According to an arrest affidavit, Williams forced the girl to remain in a vehicle and “through fear and intimidation” raped her. The incident occurred about 2 a.m. on Sept. 2. The location of the incident was redacted from the report.
The report states that Williams gave the girl $40 after the rape “instructing her the money was to keep her silent and to not tell anyone what occurred.”
The detective who arrested Williams wrote “gang member” on a line in the arrest report that is meant for aggravating or mitigating factors. A gang name was not included.
An assistant public defender has been appointed to represent Williams and has entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, records show.