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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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  • Nice Try Ashley But i call it like i see it.

    Monday, 26 June 2017, 12:29 pm
  • I for one think we should bring charges agaist the judge that allowed a pos like this to ever roam this earth again.He has made it clear he will rape and beat our women at his will.

    Saturday, 24 June 2017, 10:13 am
  • When will we change the laws to keep violent people in jail. We are killed, raped and assaulted by these nuts every day. The plea deals and early parole for the violent are ridiculous.

    Saturday, 24 June 2017, 8:10 am
  • Yo this was my cousin and she is severely hurt. Thank God she was able to fight back and her was not home. This man should be punished to the full extent. This is not his first offense but his second of the same exact charges! This man is disgusting. He should be put in the gas chamber

    Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:24 pm
    • Why waste gas use a rope then we could all watch from Brooksville under the old oak tree.

      Friday, 23 June 2017, 9:52 pm
      • You’ll at least be able to represent both cultures………what’s your real name Richard Breath?

        Saturday, 24 June 2017, 2:27 am
        • i will tell you this the one he beat the hell out of is not no stinking brown sewer rat so get over that come Monday go get your EBT card have one off your Rats buy you a bottle of MD 20 20 and get a real life. whats my real name its sure not like yours Dick Sh-room.

          Have A God Blessed Day

          Saturday, 24 June 2017, 8:39 am
          • This man deserves to die for what he did; however, what is your real name so the world can know what a racist scum you are?

            Saturday, 24 June 2017, 11:34 pm
            • Come on Ashley do you really think most people on here use there real names ? first thing that could happen is anyone can pull background checks,next thing property checks, And more so if you would like to test the water step right in 🙂 so whats your last name ? and don’t give someone else name.

              The Watcher

              Sunday, 25 June 2017, 1:40 pm
          • I just think it’s time to expose the racist. You’re a bigot but afraid to state your real name? Btw my last name is Duncan.

            Sunday, 25 June 2017, 6:38 pm
      • amen

        Saturday, 24 June 2017, 12:50 pm
  • Every single one of you keyboard warriors wouldn’t stand in front his face and say what you say now……..Why? Because you’re all afraid. The only safe place any of you can talk shit is in the private comfort of your own homes in front of your keyboards……..

    Friday, 23 June 2017, 3:10 pm
    • Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj was an Indian spiritual teacher and philosopher of Advaita you also sit behind your keyboard and have the nerve to spread your BS Trash so lets get something out in the open right now unless you give your real name also your afraid also whats the matter is all we can see in a black room with a flashlight is your teeth and eyes ? now onto something else that young lady that was raped by that black trash is a family member of my Wife and you scum bag have no room to talk that black low life black trash beat her to hell i have pictures here and what i seen at the don’t you dare hide in your room and type shit.just for your info i would have no problem putting the rope over a tree limb for you or him. so you can take this anyway you want it don’t matter to me at all.

      Friday, 23 June 2017, 5:13 pm
      • At least you’ll have some diversity in your family…………eligible for Affirmative Action.

        Saturday, 24 June 2017, 2:23 am

      Friday, 23 June 2017, 6:16 pm

    Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:47 am
    • Hahaha….

      Friday, 23 June 2017, 1:41 pm
  • Twenty-five years ago this didn’t happen here..
    Springhill is really turning to …. Time for a purge!

    Friday, 23 June 2017, 10:32 am
  • This is one Hood Rat’s life that don’t matter you can just see the Stink coming off the worthless Hood Rat someone should take a pressure washer to him and wash the skin down to the bone!

    Friday, 23 June 2017, 8:57 am
  • He shouldn’t even have bail. U would think if he did this once he’s gonna do it again. And he also lives by a bustop filled with children every morning. He shouldn’t even be set free at any point or time.

    Friday, 23 June 2017, 5:39 am
  • 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.


    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:51 pm
  • They building that dam wall hahaha

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:43 pm
  • Lee Roy Rettley recently moved to DaMac Estates area. Also apparently slipped off radar. Has previous record. See FDLE Sex offender website. Guess they’ll be updating site from ” released subject to registration” back to confined!!!!!!

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 10:15 pm
  • yeah hes lucky he didnt get caught with drugs he would be locked up for a while but since hes just a violent rapist he should be out in a few weeks to a few months to re offend.

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:57 pm
  • Thats where all the sh## goes wow state attorney you let this guy out again you need your head examined

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:26 pm
  • We still have a tree by the courthouse now would be a great time to use it I’m thinking the last time it was used was around 1921 it should still be able to support one more.

    The Watcher

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 9:08 pm
    • Rettley my cuzzin’, which means if she’s gets pregnant ……..we gonna be family, how about chitin?

      Saturday, 24 June 2017, 3:41 pm
      • Looks like Your Cuzzin is going to get his name changed to Leroy B 🙂 So let your Hood Rats on Twigg street know about the change. And while were on this again We ain’t gonna be family with your Black Tree.


        Sunday, 25 June 2017, 12:23 am
  • ^Lee Roy Rettley

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 8:53 pm
  • Sex offenders can’t be rehabilitated. If found guilty I feel they should be behind bars forever

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 8:12 pm
  • Animal i say!!

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 7:56 pm
  • Big brown sewer rat knows its’ way ’round dat sewer.Fo sho…

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 7:55 pm
  • He will be right back out to rape again but if he sold drugs they would throw away the ?

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 6:01 pm
  • Bang Bang Bang Bang Click Click Click Reload Bang Bang Bang Bang. He deserves nothing less.

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 5:10 pm

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 5:02 pm
  • Wow me and my boyfriend passed by earlier and seen this. The crazy thing is I see that man walking everyday when going to work.

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:52 pm
  • agree with the majority

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:36 pm
  • Castrate the jerk!

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 4:19 pm
  • Just take them all to a deserted island. See ya!

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 3:25 pm
  • ugh; a rapist. disgusting degenerate

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 3:07 pm
  • Do yfill the drain with gas and throw a match

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:59 pm
  • Sex offenders will alway reoffend,send in general population for the rest of his miserable life.

    Thursday, 22 June 2017, 2:33 pm

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