A DeLand man was arrested late Sunday, accused of dragging a woman into an abandoned house where he beat her and attempted to remove her clothes. Curtis Leon Butler, 52, faces charges of kidnapping, battery and exposure of sexual organs.
Two women told DeLand Police they were sitting outside the Friendly Way Food Store, 901 S. Florida Ave., when Butler approached them and asked about having sex. They moved to another area, but the man continued to try to solicit sex from them, police said.
Police said Butler grabbed one of the women by her right wrist and forced her into an abandoned house behind the store.
As the woman screamed for help, the other woman ran to a nearby house, but no one responded to her knock, police said. She then ran to a payphone and called 911 as the other woman continued to scream for Butler to stop, police said.
The victim told police Butler exposed himself and tried to pull off her shorts, but he was unable to get them off because she resisted, fighting back with one hand while holding onto her shorts with the other.
She was able to break free and run from the house about time police arrived.
Butler told police the women agreed to exchange sex for marijuana and that after he had sex with the victim he told her he had no marijuana, but that she could have a hit from a crack pipe. He told officers the woman was not happy with the single hit from the crack pipe and started arguing.
But police said they did not locate any drugs or a crack pipe.