Man who attacked woman in Lake Eola Heights arrested, Orlando police say

ORLANDO, Fla. — The man accused of trying to force his way into a woman’s Lake Eola Heights apartment earlier this month turned himself in to police Monday morning.

Orlando police said Michael Scarlett II, who police identified as the suspect in the attack Saturday, turned himself in to the Orange County Sheriff's Office around 3 a.m.

“The Orlando Police Department appreciates the efforts of our citizens and media in assisting to bring Mr. Scarlett into custody,” the department said in a news release.


Orlando police said Scarlett tried to force himself into a woman's apartment on Cathcart Avenue on Oct. 9. The woman told police she believed the man intended to sexually assault her before her neighbors got involved and he ran away.

Police said Scarlett is being held on no bond. He's been charged with kidnapping and burglary with assault or battery.

The break-in attempt was one of two incidents in the area in October. Police are still searching for James Calixte, who police said sexually assaulted a woman outside her home on East Jefferson Street on Oct. 26.

Police said DNA samples helped them link both of the suspects to the cases.

"(DNA evidence) was a big part of the investigation, but all the pieces have to come together, DNA in and of itself cannot solve the case," Sgt. Charles Crosby said.

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