A Manatee man was arrested Wednesday for sexually assaulting a 49-year-old woman, according to the Manatee Sheriff’s Office.
Ernesto Ajeataz, 57, was charged with false imprisonment and armed sexual battery, according to a news release.
The sexual assault reportedly occurred Monday night after Ajeataz saw an acquaintance, allegedly pulled a knife on her and forced her to drive somewhere in East Manatee County where the sexual assault took place.
Ajeataz reportedly fled the area on foot. An investigation by detectives led his arrest.