Fla. man kidnaps, beats, rapes woman with sharpened object, deputies say

Source: WFLA

WARNING: The details within this story may be disturbing to some readers.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (WFLA) – A man is in jail on three felony charges including attempted murder after he kidnapped a woman, raped and sexually battered her, according to Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

It happened on Feb. 1 at the 1000 block of Pinebrook Drive in Clearwater. Derek Lasean Lawson, 26, kidnapped a woman, choked her until she passed out and then beat her striking her head and face, deputies said.

He raped her and after that used a sharpened object to “repeatedly stab her vagina,” according to the PCSO arrest affidavit. The woman said she tried to get away but he said he’d kill her. Lawson left her for dead, according to PCSO.

The victim had multiple cuts and stab wounds. She required emergency surgery after the rape.

Deputies arrested him Thursday on three felony charges: kidnapping with bodily harm, sexual battery with a deadly weapon, and attempted felony murder. He is at the Pinellas County jail. His bond hasn’t been set yet.

According to the affidavit, Lawson didn’t seem to be drunk, or on drugs at the time of the arrest. He has a criminal history in Tampa Bay area, he was arrested in 2014 on similar charges of kidnapping and sexually battering women. He’s also been in jail for marijuana possession and reckless driving.

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