published: Sunday, August 05, 2012
Sebring man charged with rape
SEBRING -- A man Sebring police say forced his way into a woman's home and sexually assaulted her before she chased him away with a knife was arrested Wednesday.
According to Sebring Police Department reports, Toby Dean Chapman, 48, was booked into the Highlands County Jail on charges of sexual assault with physical force, burglary with assault or battery and violation of probation.
The call came in a 5:42 p.m. Wednesday about a sexual assault that had just occurred. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, said that a man came to her door and said he was the maintenance man and asked where the office was. The victim told him where the office was and tried to close the door, but the man forced his way inside, said "we're going to have some fun" and shoved her down on the floor, where he sexually assaulted her.
The suspect eventually asked the woman for a drink and allowed her to get up and go to the kitchen, where she grabbed a knife and told the suspect to leave. He fled in a large, gold-colored SUV.
The victim told police that the man was wearing a grey shirt and black silky shorts and that the second and third toe of his left foot were fused together.
A short time later, Cpl. Joe Stump saw a gold SUV pass him and made a traffic stop. Chapman was driving the SUV, and Stump noticed he was "sweating profusely," the report said. He was also wearing the clothing described by the victim and flip-flops, which allowed Stump to see that Chapman's left foot had two toes that were fused together.
The victim identified Chapman as the man who raped her, the arrest report said.
Teen charged with arson, burglary
LAKE PLACID -- A 15-year-old boy is facing arson, burglary and criminal mischief charges after police say he repeatedly broke into a vacant apartment and vandalized it.
According to a Lake Placid Police Department arrest report, the teenager entered an empty apartment at 321 Phoenix St. multiple times between June 6 and June 20 and wrote graffiti on the walls, a counter top and the refrigerator with a black permanent marker.
Police also say that he "vomited a number of times on the floor and walls as the result of nausea caused from smoking synthetic marijuana referred to as spice" and smoked cigarettes and left the butts and trash throughout the apartment.
The teen is also accused of intentionally starting a fire in the apartment, using lighter fluid to burn window screens, an air conditioner filter and a bag of sugar on the floor of the living room. Damage from the actual fire was minimal, the police say, but every room suffered smoke damage.
The suspect "should have known that other adjoining apartments were occupied" since he lives nearby, the report said.
sick (by: country - 8/10/2012)
I know who the victim is and this man is sick she works hard everydayand doesn't deserve this as for any other woman out therehe needs to be in prison forever
DTA~ (by: DJLS ... !! - 8/6/2012)
This is exactly why I do not trust anyone anymore specially around my two lil girls .. Be very careful out there , there is always someone you think would never do such a thing but look at what happened here ... im just saying ....
vandal (by: Terry - 8/5/2012)
toss him in dumpster
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