MANATEE -- A man has been charged with trying to rape a 69-year-old real estate agent while she was showing him a house, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Bruce Anthony Kotter, 63, was arrested at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Sarasota.
Manatee County deputies had been searching for Kotter, who met another real estate agent only an hour after trying to force himself on the 69-year-old victim at 1:35 p.m. Monday while she was showing him a house in the Whitfield Estates neighborhood of southern Manatee County.
Deputies said Sarasota police officers found Kotter's 2007 dark blue Ford F-150 at 21st Street and Mango Avenue in Sarasota. Kotter was found inside a home there and immediately arrested.
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Kotter was charged with kidnapping and attempted sexual battery.
The attack came at a home in the Whitfield Estates area in southern Manatee County, according to the sheriff's office. The suspect, who gave his name as Jim, went to the bathroom, flushed the toilet, then yelled there was a leak in the bathroom, the sheriff's office reported.
When the woman went to check, the suspect tried to force himself on her, according to the report. The victim told her attacker the homeowners were nearby and would be back shortly. The suspect ran to his vehicle and drove away, deputies said.
Deputies released an image Tuesday of the truck, which was captured by a nearby security camera.
Detectives were contacted by another female real estate agent Tuesday. She said she had shown a property to a man fitting the subject's description at 2:35 p.m. Monday. He had also been in a dark blue or black pickup truck.
He gave her a "creepy feeling," according to an updated news release, because he changed locations multiple times and didn't show up with his wife as he said he would. She told detectives she waited by her car while the man looked around the house. When he came out, he said he liked it and then left in his truck.
Kotter is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday in Sarasota.
The investigation of Kotter continues. Anyone with information related to similar incidents can call detective John Russell at 941-747-3011, ext. 2212.