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Arrest In Manatee Rape And Kidnapping Of A Five-Year-Old Girl

Arrest In Manatee Rape And Kidnapping Of A Five-Year-Old Girl

BRADENTON, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Manatee County investigators say they've arrested the man they believe kidnapped and raped a five-year-old girl this week.

The arrest took place following a tip that the suspect was spotted in Sarasota Wednesday afternoon. 

Detectives took 36 year old Dominick Hawkins into custody for questioning and have now charged hiim with kidnapping and rape. 

Hawkins is accused of luring the little girl from a Bradenton trailer park to a nearby convenience store to buy candy, then taking her to an abandoned mobile home where she was molested.

He was caught on surveillance video walking into the convenience store with the child.  Hawkins was later depicted on surviellance video trying to get inside a public bus, saying he needed to go to Sarasota.  The bus driver wouldn't let him board.

 

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