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‘Heinous’: Man accused of raping an Ocala woman, 80, battling cancer has been arrested

OCALA, Fla. — Ocala police said they have arrested a man who is accused of raping an elderly Woman.


11:15 a.m. update:

Police said Taquino Williams, 31 was taken into custody Friday, and has been charged with armed residential burglary, armed sexual battery, and possession of burglary tools.

Officers said Williams is homeless and was seen wandering around the Saddleworth Green apartments Wednesday around 9:50 p.m.

Investigation said Williams entered an apartment through a unlocked side door.

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Williams then found an 80-year-old woman in her room, where he raped her, police said.

The victim also told police that she is battling cancer and did not know the attacker.

Police said video recordings and witnesses led to Williams who was arrested 33 hours after the attack.

Original report:

Police in Ocala said they are searching for a man after an elderly woman was attacked.

Officers said the man is considered a person of interest after an 80-year-old cancer patient was the victim of a sexual assault.

Police said the woman was attacked Wednesday at the Saddleworth Green apartments.

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Detectives said someone went into the victim’s home and assaulted her.

Investigators said they have surveillance video of a man poking the victim with a screwdriver.

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Officers are offering a cash reward to whoever leads them to this person of interest.

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