October 31, 2020

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Bradenton man charged with trying to rape woman in restaurant bathroom

A 32-year-old Bradenton man followed a woman into the bathroom of a Manatee County fast-food restaurant on Wednesday and tried to rape her, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies say Alfred Payne Jr. walked into the bathroom behind the victim, locked the door and pushed the victim against the wall. According to the arrest report, Payne told the victim, “I’m going to rape you twice,” and attempted to force himself on her.

Deputies say the woman was able to fight Payne off and escape the bathroom.

The Bradenton Herald is not naming the restaurant to protect the identity of the victim.

According to the report, Payne had gone to the restaurant several times attempting to flirt with the victim and on one occasion exposed himself to her.

Payne was arrested Thursday and booked into the Manatee County jail on charges of attempted sexual battery and false imprisonment. He remains in custody without bond pending a future court date.

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