Bradenton man charged with attempted rape at restaurant

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.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
Support my work with a digital subscription

Source Article