Man Arrested on Assault,Kidnapping Charges

Just four days after a 52 year-old homeless Hernando, FL man was released from jail on March 27, he was accused of kidnapping a woman at gun point and sexually assaulting her

According to the arrest affidavit, several agencies immediately began working this case on March 31, after a hysterical woman drove up to the Dunnellon Police Department and found a Dunnellon Fire Department lieutenant standing outside. The investigation began with the collaboration of the Dunnellon Police Department, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim told deputies that she’d driven into the Chevron gas station, located at 639 NE U.S. Hwy. 19 in Crystal River, and was approached by an older black male who asked her to give him a ride. She said she was hesitant to give the man a ride, but he told her that he was a good man, involved with God, so she consented. She said he got into her vehicle, and when she turned onto U.S. Hwy. 19, the man pulled out a black gun and gave her directions as she drove.

She said she drove to an unknown location in Crstal River where the man forced her to perform a sex act. Afterward, she said, he directed her to drive to Dunnellon to the Chatmire area, where Alexander sold her phone in exchange for drugs. She said he used the drugs inside the car, then forced her to do it again, then sexually violated her. She said the man then instructed her to drive to another location, and when he exited her vehicle and walked to toward a house, she took advantage of what she felt may be her only opportunity to get away, and she immediately drove to the Dunnellon Police Department.

During her ordeal, the victim stated, the man told her that he was part of the black mafia, and he’d gotten out of prison three to four days previously. He told her he would hurt her if she tried to flee, and that he’d been involved in a prior incident where a female had been shot in the face.

Detectives researched the details the woman had given them and learned that Kermit Wilbert Alexander, 52, a homeless man in the Hernando, FL area, had been released from jail on March 27, just four days prior to the March 31 kidnapping and sexual assault incident. The arrest report stated that Mr. Alexander had been arrested multiple times for similar incidents.

On April 5, a Citrus County detective met with the victim and showed her a photo lineup, from which she identified Alexander as her abductor. She said she was 100% certain that Alexander was the person who’d kidnapped her, that she would never forget his face because of what he’d done to her.

On May 14, Alexander was arrested by the CCSO on unrelated charges (two counts of criminal mischief and shooting or throwing a missile into a dwelling).

On the same day (May 14) it was reported to the CCSO that Alexander had battered another woman. The victim in that case told detectives that the suspect spoke of God and said he was a good man, prior to kidnapping and sexually assaulting her. There was a witness to the May 14 incident, the report stated, and there is probable cause for the arrest of Mr. Alexander in the May 14 incident for kidnapping and sexual battery. On May 31, Alexander was charged with two counts of sexual battery ($40,000 bond) and kidnapping (no bond).

Upon his arrest on June 23 for the March 31 incident, Alexander cursed the detective who placed him under arrest and refused to speak with him. He was charged with sexual battery and kidnapping (bond $40,000).

In yet another fairly recent case, on Feb. 28, 2017, Alexander was arrested by the CCSO, charged with robbery by sudden snatching ($2,000 bond).

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