Tampa Police have arrested a man in connection with a sexual battery that occurred early Saturday.

WHO: Defendant - Andre Dakota Lawson, 23 (DOB 12/24/1992), of 3719 W. Wisconsin Ave. #14

WHAT: Charges include Sexually Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Armed Kidnapping

WHEN: The sexual battery occurred at approximately 4:38 a.m.

WHERE: The sexual battery occurred at 6302 S Dale Mabry Highway

DETAILS: The victim told police that she saw the man in a nearby convenience store and that he followed her as she walked home. The defendant 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.

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