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Police search for attacker
CLEARWATER -- Police are looking for a man who attempted to rape a 68-year-old woman and knocked her out when she resisted. The attack happened at the woman's Countryside-area condominium July 13, and police investigators have worked with the victim to create a composite drawing of the attacker.
The woman answered the door at her home about 3:30 p.m. after the man knocked, police say. He pushed his way into the home, tried to rape the woman, then knocked her unconscious with a punch to the face. When she awoke, the man was gone. Police Detective Laura Spelman would not say if anything was stolen from the home, but she said robbery is not suspected to be the motive.
The attack is believed to be an isolated incident. The attacker is described by police as a white man, about 6 feet tall, in his late teens or early 20s, with shoulder-length brown hair.
Men accused in car fire
LARGO -- Police charged two men with arson-related offenses Thursday, saying one hired the other to torch his car.
The owner of the 1987 BMW, Andrew Newlove, is suspected of having Kirk Moody tow his car to a spot on Oak Manor Lane on July 12. Moody poured gasoline throughout the car and ignited it, according to Largo police Detective Diane Martin. Largo firefighters extinguished the blaze. Martin said an investigation found that Newlove planned to collect money from an insurance company for the loss of the vehicle. He had already filed a claim with his insurance company when he was arrested, Martin said. Newlove was charged with being a principle to an arson, and Moody was charged with arson. Both were released after posting $10,000 bail.
Insurance fraud charges are likely to be levied, Martin said. The BMW hadn't run for eight months to a year, police said.
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