Bradenton woman reports sexual assault by 53-year-old man

Posted by Kate Irby on July 16, 2014 

Wayne Mathis mugshot.

MANATEE -- A woman reported that she was sexually assaulted by a 53-year-old-man early Tuesday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim was hanging out near a 7/11, around the 2200 block of Cortez Road at 2 a.m. Tuesday, according to deputies. She ran into suspect Wayne Mathis, and he asked her if she wanted to party.

The two walked to a the former Jiffy Lube at 2605 Cortez Road W., drank alcohol and Mathis gave the victim Klonopin, a muscle relaxant that can cause drowsiness, according to a release.

The victim told deputies that she fell asleep and woke up with Mathis on top of her and her clothes off, according to the release. The victim waited to report the incident until Tuesday evening.

Mathis has been previously charged with a number of drug-related crimes and vehicle theft, according to the sheriff's office records.

Booking information for Mathis was not available on the Manatee County jail website.

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