Alert Neighbors Help Save Sexual Assault Victim, Suspect’s Capture Caught on Video
BROOKSVILLE – On Wednesday, RNRF broke the news of a woman who was brutally attacked by a convicted sexual offender inside her home on Brook Drive. RNRF arrived in the area of Oakwood Drive, just north of Hernando High School, where deputies believed they had the suspect surrounded. K-9 tracked the suspect from where the incident occurred to a storm drain that runs from the north side of Oakwood Drive, under the roadway and onto school property. After several minutes, the suspect, later identified as 52-year-old Lee Roy Rettley, emerged from an access point near the High School Stadium. Rettley was taken into custody and transported to the Hernando County Jail. (CLICK HERE FOR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO OF RETTLEY’S CAPTURE)
On Friday, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference, where officials provided additional details into the terrifying incident. Maj. Jim Powers says, “Around 11:30 a.m. we had a violent and brutal attack on one of our citizens.” Powers says the victim was located inside the residence with injuries to her face and her clothing was ripped and torn. She was transported to a local hospital for treatment and deputies began searching for the suspect.
According to Powers, several witnesses heard the victim screaming for help and ran to her aid. Just as they entered the home, witnesses observed Rettley escape through the victim’s bedroom window.
Officials say the victim was beat and strangled to the point of nearly losing consciousness. At some point during the attack, the victim grabbed a wooden box and struck Rettley, allowing the victim an opportunity break free. The victim told investigators that Rettley stated, “I’m going to kill you because you are going to call the cops after I leave.”
Rettley told investigators during an interview, “I just snapped.”
Rettley is charged with Sexual Assault, Home Invasion Robbery and Committing a Felony that Could Cause Death. Rettley remains behind bars, held on an $80,000 bond.
Officials say Rettley was just released from Prison last February.
ORIGINAL REPORT: DEVELOPING: ATTEMPTED RAPE SUSPECT CAPTURED, FOUND HIDING IN STORM DRAIN
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