DEVELOPING: Attempted Rape Suspect Captured, Found Hiding in Storm Drain
UPDATE: 6/23/2017, 4:42 P.M. – During a press conference with officials this afternoon, Detectives confirmed the details of our earlier report and provided new information into the brave actions taken by the victim to save her own life.
According officials, the victim was beat and strangled to the point of nearly losing consciousness. At some point during the struggle, the victim grabbed a wooden box and struck Rettley, causing him to stop the attack. Officials say Rettley stated to the victim, “I am going to kill you because you are going to call the cops after I leave.” The victim began to scream for help which led to several neighbors responding to the residence to try and help. That’s when witnesses say they observed Rettley crawl out the bedroom window.
Rettley told investigators during an interview, “I just snapped.”
UPDATE: 10:44 P.M. – According to the Hernando County Detention Center website, Lee Roy Rettley is charged with Sexual Assault with a Weapon, Home Invasion Robbery and Committing a Felony that Could Cause Death. Rettley remains behind bars, held on an $150,000 bond.
It should be noted that the Florida Department of Corrections lists the suspect’s name as LeRoy Rattley. But other government agency websites lists his name as Lee Roy Rettley.
We will continue to update this story if new information develops.
BROOKSVILLE – Sheriff’s Deputies have a suspect in custody who may have attempted to rape a woman on Brook Drive, earlier this afternoon.
According to sources, 52-year-old Leroy Rattley attacked a woman at her residence on Brook Drive and attempted to rape her. There are unconfirmed reports that Rattley beat and strangled the victim, and then stole her checkbooks and an unknown amount of cash before fleeing on foot.
With the assistance of two K-9 units, several deputies and the agency air unit, Rattley was located hiding in a storm drain. After a several attempts to make contact with the suspect, Rattley was finally pulled from an access point behind the Hernando High School stadium.
It should be noted that Rattely is a convicted sex offender and has spent several years behind bars on charges of Burglary, Sexual Battery, Battery on LEO, Robbery and Aggravated Assault with a firearm.
We will bring more on this story as it develops.
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