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Man accused of breaking into elderly woman's home in Sarasota, forcing himself onto her

Posted at 11:34 PM, Sep 17, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-17 23:34:40-04

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Sarasota County deputies have arrested a man for breaking into an elderly woman's home and sexually forcing himself on her.

James Mitchell, 22, is charged with sexual battery, burglary and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

According to an arrest report, Mitchell knocked on the victim's home, located on Maple Hollow Court, Sunday night asking for a glass of water. Mitchell initially left after she denied that request.

Minutes later, a neighbor alerted the victim that her garage door was open. When she went to check, Mitchell confronted her inside her bedroom doorway.

According to the report, the suspect forced the 74-year-old victim onto her bed, breaking her knee brace and causing a cut on her leg.

The victim was forced to perform sexual acts for Mitchell before he stole her vehicle.

The next day, that same neighbor saw Mitchell return the victim's vehicle and followed him out of the neighborhood.

That neighbor contacted deputies who later arrested Mitchell at his apartment complex about a mile away.

Mitchell later admitted to the crimes to Sarasota investigators.

“Piece of crap, scum of the Earth," said neighbor John Lizarazo. "Especially an elderly woman, that’s just not right.”