Prosecutors want Bradenton kidnapping-rape suspect to be tested for HIV, STDs

jdeleon@bradenton.comAugust 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- The State Attorney's Office filed a motion in court Thursday requesting the suspect in the kidnapping and rape of a 5-year-old Bradenton girl be required to submit to HIV and sexually transmitted disease testing.

Dominick Jerome Hawkins, 36, is charged with kidnapping and capital sexual battery.

Hawkins was arrested July 17 following a two-day manhunt by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Hawkins will appear Sept. 11 before Manatee County Judge John Lakin to officially hear the motion. The prosecutor, Assistant State Attorney Cynthia Evers, said it is typical for such a motion to be filed at the victim's or prosecution's request.

The kidnapping occurred just after noon July 15 when detectives say Hawkins walked through the Wayside Glen Mobile Home Park, 5120 14 St. W., and lured the girl to

the India Bazaar store, 5112 14th St. W., promising to buy her candy.

Hawkins is then accused of taking her to a vacant mobile home in the Aloha Mobile Home Park, 5310 14th St. W., where he allegedly choked and sexually assaulted the victim. She was able to escape the mobile home through a broken window after Hawkins left her locked inside.

With the help of surveillance videos, a witness statement and a tip through CrimeStoppers, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office identified Hawkins and found him July 17 in Sarasota.

Hawkins remains in custody at the Manatee County jail with no bond on the sexual battery charge and a $2 million bond on the kidnapping charge.

Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.

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