A man suspected of raping and abducting a 61-year-old South Florida woman apparently had a job at the fair at the North Florida Fairgrounds in Tallahassee, where he was arrested Wednesday, according to Coral Springs police.
Jonathan Thomas Allen, 28, of Margate, was arrested on charges of attempted first-degree murder, multiple counts of sexual battery, felony battery, burglary of an occupied home and kidnapping, said Sgt. Joe McHugh of Coral Springs. The Tallahassee Police Department and Florida Department of Law Enforcement took Allen into custody about 5 p.m.
McHugh said Allen abducted the woman early Tuesday morning from her bedroom by cutting open a window screen. She and her husband were asleep in separate rooms.
Allen is accused of raping her multiple times and driving her to two ATMs in Coral Springs to force her to withdraw money. Police say he choked her and broke bones in her face.
"She's in fair condition, obviously her face is banged up pretty good," McHugh said.
The woman's husband heard noises before 4:30 a.m. He went outside to investigate and saw his wife in the passenger seat of a car calling for help, but the car sped away. His wife was let out at a nearby apartment complex. Police say the woman was abducted for about an hour and that Allen was a complete stranger to her.
Allen was released about three months ago from prison after serving a six-month sentence for possession of marijuana. He also spent about a year and a half in prison for burglary. Both crimes were committed in Broward County.