Bradenton kidnapping-rape suspect to be tested for HIV, hepatitis

jdeleon@bradenton.comSeptember 11, 2013 


MANATEE -- A Manatee County judge granted an order requiring the suspect in the kidnapping and rape of a 5-year-old Bradenton girl be tested for HIV and hepatitis.

Dominick Jerome Hawkins, 36, faces charges of kidnapping and capital sexual battery.

His July 17 arrest followed a two-day manhunt by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The State Attorney's Office motioned Aug. 22 for testing on and a hearing had been scheduled Wednesday. Judge John Lakin, however, signed the order before holding the hearing.

This type of motion is commonly filed at a rape victim's or prosecution's request.

Hawkins is scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning for a case management hearing.

The victim was playing outside near her home in the Wayside Glen Mobile Home Park, 5120 14 St. W. just after noon July 15 when detectives say Hawkins walked through and lured her away with a promise to buy her candy.

Hawkins then reportedly took her to the India Bazaar store, 5112 14th St. W., bought her candy and took her to a vacant mobile home in the Aloha Mobile Home Park, 5310 14th St. W. Detectives say Hawkins then choked and sexually assaulted the victim.

The young victim was then left locked inside the mobile home as Hawkins walked away. She escaped through a broken window and ran home to tell her family.

Surveillance videos showing Hawkins buying the girl candy and later trying to board a southbound bus to Sarasota County. A witness statement helped the sheriff's office identify Hawkins and a tip through CrimeStoppers assisted in locating him in Sarasota.

Hawkins is being held without bond on the sexual battery charge and on a $2 million bond on the kidnapping charge at the Manatee County jail.

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

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