Man arrested after assault, burglaries

March 2nd, 2007    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

A New Richmond woman is likely lucky to be alive and well after a Florida man broke into her house on two occasions, assaulting her the second time.

Arrested is Michael Allen Scott, 49, of Bradenton, Florida. He was arrested by the Clermont County Sheriff’s Department on Feb. 22 for aggravated burglary after his second visit to the victim’s house.

According to a press release from the New Richmond Police Department, Scott broke into a woman’s house twice. The woman, a former acquaintance, was first faced by Scott on Feb. 2 when he climbed through an unlocked window. According to the release, Scott told the women, when she found him in her house, that it was her “worst nightmare.” The victim, however, had already called 911. Officer Floyd Henderson arrived shortly thereafter and arrested Scott on burglary charges. Those charges, however, were dismissed in court because the victim was out of town during Scott’s first court appearance. While in the process of re-filing charges, authorities were alerted to the second break in.

Michael Scott
According to the press release, the victim again encountered Scott on Feb. 18. During this incident, however, the victim was unable to call for help. She was reportedly held for six hours and assaulted several times during the night. She escaped when a concerned friend stopped by the house to check on her.

"This was a very scary situation," said New Richmond Police Chief Dave Willoughby. "We did everything we could to protect the victim after the first incident, but it was clear to us that this suspect was intent on harming her for some reason." 

The suspect fled the home in the victim's car, which he crashed on Front Street in New Richmond. Scott was on the run for four days before being arrested. Chief Willoughby said that there are additional charges that may be placed against Scott.

"We had been searching for him in New Richmond since obtaining the warrant," said Chief Willoughby. "Thursday afternoon a tip came in that he was seen running into a field in the Lindale area. We put a call in to the Sheriff's Office and less then an hour later they had him in custody. This is a classic example of what can be accomplished when agencies work together. During my first week on the job in December I made it a point to go see Sheriff Rodenberg.  Not only was he courteous and welcoming of my visit, but he pledged his office's complete support, which obviously paid off today."
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