SEMINOLE COUNTY, Fla. — A judge denied bond for the 19-year-old man accused of attempting to sexually batter a woman on a jog in Seminole County calling him, “a danger to the public.”
The judge said Wednesday that William Stamper, 19, of Longwood, could spend up to 25 years in prison if he’s convicted of attempted sexual battery.
Sheriff Dennis Lemma said it took an entire village to not only help the victim when the attack happened Monday night, but also to help find Stamper and arrest him.
“And I am absolutely convinced that if he was not apprehended last night, he would have victimized somebody else,” Lemma said.
Stamper has no prior criminal record, just a couple of misdemeanors as a juvenile.
On Tuesday, SCSO detectives released surveillance video of someone they called a “person of interest.” It showed a man running near West Wekiva Trail and Harrogate Place.
According to an arrest report, the jogger removed her headphones because she thought someone was following her.
Deputies said the suspect approached the victim from behind and wrapped his arms around her before taking her to the ground. According to the report, the woman said she struggled with the man for about a minute, screaming for help repeatedly.
She said when a nearby resident in a backyard eventually heard her cries, she urged them to call 911.
Sheriff Dennis Lemma told Channel 9 that as a neighbor jumped a fence in response to the commotion, and the suspect ran away.
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