• Suspect in 2012 rape case arrested while out on bond in separate attempted rape case


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Deputies said DNA evidence has linked a man to a 2012 rape case in Orange County.

    Edgar Collazo faced a judge at the Orange County Jail Wednesday, where he’s being held on no bond.

    Collazo’s lawyer was not available Wednesday, so the bond issue will be addressed again Thursday.

    Deputies picked up Collazo on Tuesday and arrested him on charges of attacking two women a couple years ago in their apartment at Auvers Village on Semoran Boulevard, where Collazo also lived.

    Collazo was out on bond on another attempted rape charge when he was arrested, but deputies hope he won’t get bond this time around.

    “He’s being charged with sexual battery, armed burglary of an occupied dwelling and kidnapping. Those are very serious charged and I doubt he’s going to walk away from that,” said Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jeff Williamson.

    The 2012 report said the rapist threatened to kill one of the women and stab the other when they tried to reason with him, and that he told the victim to bathe after the rape.

    She told investigators she left her clothes on and investigators were able to collect DNA evidence.

    The evidence was matched to Collazo’s DNA, which was found after an attack at an IHOP restaurant last May.

    In the IHOP case, Collazo is accused of trying to rape a woman in her car outside the restaurant on East Colonial Drive in Orlando.

    Police said he threatened to shoot her, but she still fought him off and was able to run away.

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