Tampa, FL — A man working as a neighborhood salesman for Secure Watch, an authorized dealer for ADT security systems, has been charged with raping a potential client.
Police say that last Friday, 19-year-old Rashad Hales knocked on a woman’s door in hopes of selling her a new security system. The woman informed Hales that her boyfriend handled those types of things and he was currently at a neighbor’s home.
Hales left, but returned a short time later and told the woman he had spoken with her boyfriend and he had said it was ok for them to sign up for a new security system. Not believing Hales, the woman tried to shut the door, but Hales forced his way into the woman’s home.
Once inside, Hales began beating and strangling the victim with his hands and an electrical cord before taking her into a back bedroom where he raped her. Throughout the entire assault, Hales repeatedly told the woman he should kill her.
The woman convinced Hales that she wouldn’t tell anyone what had happened, and Hales left with the woman’s cell phone. When the woman’s boyfriend returned home a short time later, she told him what happened and he called 911. Responding police would spot Hales running and with he help of K9s, track him to a Shell gas station nearby where he was being held by some of his co-workers.
The gas station was the sales people’s meeting point, and they held him at the location when he showed up and informed them that the police were after him. Hales later admitted to the crime during an interview with police and said his only regret was not killing his victim.
He has been charged with attempted first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual battery, armed burglary with battery and depriving a victim of calling 911.Tags: ADT, Assault, Crime, Florida, Rape, Rashad Hales, salesman