Hillsborough judge revolts bond for SoHo attack suspect on earlier charges

TPD arrest man who robbed, kidnapped woman in SoHo
Posted at 8:55 PM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-11 16:08:19-05

UPDATE | A 32-year-old man charged with kidnapping and robbing a young woman in South Tampa's SoHo area Dec. 3 will remain in the Hillsborough County Jail. 

At a first appearance Sunday morning, a Hillsborough County judge said Johnathan Troy Rogers will remain in jail because he violated bond on two prior charges.

Rogers was arrested in May on two charges of video voyeurism.

The judge set a $500,000 bond on the Dec. 3 kidnapping and robbery charges, however, the revolted bond decision takes priority.

ORIGINAL STORY | Tampa Police arrested and charged a 32-year-old man with the robbery and kidnapping of a young woman that occurred in the SoHo area of South Tampa early Saturday morning.

Johnathan Troy Rogers of Tampa was arrested without incident, according to police.

"It's been a safe environment, this year it's been a true anomaly case, it's a case we don't see that this often so when it happens like this we take offense to something like that," Capt. Ruben Delgado with Tampa police said. "As horrific as this was, as horrific as this attack was it was important to get him off the street as quick as we could."

This is the fourth robbery in the SoHo area this year.  Earlier this year, a woman was attacked and hit in the head while jogging through Bern's Park. Police said there is no connection between any of the crimes.

"It was frightening. I went for a run Monday night after it happened and I made sure take my jewelry off," Jane Delo said. Delo has lived in SoHo for several years and never felt unsafe in the area. When ABC Action News told her Rogers was arrested she was relieved.

"A big sigh of relief, you know again maybe a false sense of security I've had in the SoHo, Hyde Park bubble," Delo said. "It really shook me up. While it's a sigh of relief I'm still going to remain vigilant and take extra caution when walking to my car getting into my garage or even going for a run on Bay Shore."

Since the incident occurred, SoHo business owners worked closely with police, providing surveillance video and sharing any kind of information that might aid in the investigation.

According to police, the victim told them after socializing with friends Friday night and early Saturday she walked alone to her car at approximately 2:10 a.m. in a parking lot at in the 900 block of S Howard. As she stood at her car, an unidentified man came up behind her. As soon as she opened her car door, the man struck her in the head, knocking her unconscious. The man then picked up the victim and placed her in her own car. The man then drove away in the car with the victim in the car. It's unclear where the man parked the car. After a short time, he exited the car taking the victim's valuables, and leaving the victim in the car.

The victim suffered abrasions and contusions as a result of the attack. On Saturday afternoon, she called Tampa Police to report the incident. Police quickly sought surveillance video in the area. Early Sunday, TPD released video of the suspect as he returned to his car after he left the victim's car.

The case remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.