Tampa man arrested for sexual battery

Posted at 3:43 PM, May 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-14 23:30:51-04
Tampa Police arrested a man in connection with a sexual battery that occurred early Saturday.
The sexual battery occurred at approximately 4:38 a.m. behind a business at 6310 S Dale Mabry Highway, according to police.
The victim told police that she saw Andre Dakota Lawson, 23, of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave. in a nearby convenience store and that he followed her as she walked home.
Lawson brandished a knife and forced the victim behind a building where he raped her. Tampa Police officers blanketed the area.
Based on a detailed description and video from the convenience store, detectives located the suspect at his residence, where he was arrested without incident.
Lawson is being charged with sexual battery with a deadly weapon and armed kidnapping.