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02/02 POLICE BRIEFS: Wimauma man charged with rape

MANATEE — A Wimauma man was being held on a $1.1 million bond after his ex-girlfriend said he attacked her in her Palmetto home, raped her twice and prevented her from calling authorities.

Deputies arrested Clemente Heredia, 22, Friday, on numerous charges after his ex-girlfriend was eventually able to escape her home, in the 2100 block of 49th Street East, and report being raped.

The victim said she had a past relationship with Heredia that she ended in November, but he came to her home and began banging on the door. When she refused to let him in, Heredia broke the door in and barged into the home, the sheriff’s report stated.

Heredia then held the victim down and raped her, before smashing her cell phone so she could not call 911, according to the sheriff’s report. He later raped her again before falling asleep, allowing the victim to escape her home and call deputies, the report stated.

Deputies arrested Heredia on charges of two counts of sexual battery, tampering with a victim, burglary and false imprisonment. He was also being held on an outstanding criminal mischief warrant out of Hillsborough County, according to jail records.

Deputies find man shot in thigh Sunday evening

MANATEE — Deputies found a man shot in the thigh Sunday evening, but very little is known about how the man suffered the wound, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Sheriff’s officials say at 5:38 p.m., deputies responding to a shooting in the 5900 block of Fifth Street East found the 22-year-old man shot in the street.

The victim said he was walking south on Fifth Street East when a bullet tore into his thigh. The man said he did not see who shot him or where the bullet came from, according to the sheriff’s report.

Emergency personnel took the man to Manatee Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released Sunday.

Anyone with information on the shooting can call the sheriff’s office at 747-3011, or Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS.

24-year-old man charged with child neglect

MANATEE — A Bradenton man faces a child neglect charge after deputies said he ran from his car during an attempted traffic stop, leaving behind a 9-year-old child in the vehicle, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

Deputies tried to pull over Markis C. Maxwell, 24, Friday, after he made an illegal U-turn leaving the parking lot of Bayshore Gardens Elementary School with the child.

Instead, Maxwell took off leading deputies on a chase through a nearby neighborhood that ended when he ran from the car after stopping on Canal Drive, near 26th Street West. Deputies later found the child in the car, the sheriff’s report said.

A sheriff’s K-9 unit tracked Maxwell to a home in the 5500 block of 21st Street Court East, where he was arrested. Deputies called the child’s mother to the scene, who took custody. A background check showed Maxwell has five prior convictions for driving with a suspended license, and two for fleeing law enforcement.

Deputies arrested Maxwell on charges of child neglect, possession of cocaine, fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer and driving with a suspended license as a habitual traffic offender. He was being held in the Manatee County jail on $10,000 bond.

Deputy shoots, wounds dog during attack

MANATEE — A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy shot and wounded a dog after it began to attack him.

According to a sheriff’s office report, the deputy saw an unleashed dog going toward a woman at about 5:15 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Sixth Street East.

When the deputy pulled his patrol vehicle in between the woman and the dog, the dog ran into a yard.

The deputy went to the house where the dog ran and tried to contact the owner when the dog came up behind him, growling and baring its teeth.

As the deputy took several steps backwards, he drew his firearm, but the dog kept coming forward.

Firing one shot, the deputy hit the animal in the right front leg, and the dog limped away.

Animal Control and Protection Services officers responded to the scene, but allowed the owner to keep the animal because she was nursing puppies.

— Robert Napper and Carl Mario Nudi

Police briefs, are compiled from reports from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the police departments from Bradenton, Palmetto and the island communities and fire departments in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Those with information about crimes can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).