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Man held on battery, kidnapping charges

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 5, 2001

ST. PETERSBURG -- A 20-year-old man is accused of kidnapping his girlfriend, battering her and keeping her from leaving until she escaped the next day.

The man, Rondereko D. Watson of 1501 10th Ave. S, is also accused of injuring a 75-year-old man during the kidnapping, which happened Jan. 24. The older man later suffered a heart attack, though it wasn't fatal, police said.

Police arrested Watson on Saturday after he broke into a detached garage at 2000 38th St. S to avoid being found, according to arrest reports.

Police say the kidnapping occurred when Watson showed up at 3427 21st Ave. S in St. Petersburg, walked into the home uninvited and put his girlfriend, Shaneeta Lang, in a headlock. He then pushed her out the door, and, in the process, pushed the 75-year-old man into a closet. The man, unidentified in the police report, suffered a heart attack sometime after that.

Police say Watson then pushed Lang down the street and took her to an unspecified location, where he kept her until the next day when she was able to get away. The severity of her injuries wasn't clear.

Watson is charged with battery on the elderly, kidnapping and burglary. He also faces marijuana possession charges because when he was arrested Saturday night, he had nine grams of marijuana in his pocket. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $125,150 bail.

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