Pinellas Park Police: Registered sex offender back in jail after sexual battery and burglary charges

PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - A register sex offender is back behind bars after allegedly going on a crime spree Friday.

According to Pinellas Park Police Joseph Mathews, 42, sexually battered a woman in the of 6100 block of 105th Avenue North around 9:45 a.m.

When the woman's boyfriend found out what had happened he went to confront Mathews. Mathews was armed with a lock blade knife forcing the enraged boyfriend to back off.

Later that day Mathews broke into a house located at the same general location taking several items from the house. He then went down the street, broke into another home and hid inside.

Police were notified and set up a perimeter around the house. K9 units started to track Mathews which lead them to the house he was hiding in.

Police entered the home and found Mathews hiding inside still armed with the knife.

As officers took him out of the house and into custody Mathews attempted to swipe the leg of one of the officers. More restraints were applied and Mathews was taken to a local hospital for treatment for some injuries he sustained during the arrest.

He was taken and booked into Pinellas County Jail Saturday.

He faces charges of sexual battery, aggravated assault, two counts of armed burglary and resisting arrest with violence as well as battery on a law enforcement officer.

Mathews is also a registered sex offender. He reportedly committed a sexual act with a minor between the ages of 16-17 back in 2006.

He has been out of prison since 2011.

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