A woman is attacked in a downtown Tampa parking garage midday Thursday, and by sundown, police had their man behind bars. It happened in the Fort Brooke parking garage.
Tampa Police said Glen Mayfield is the stranger who's been seen lingering around the garage all week long. But by midday Thursday, police said Mayfield jumped a 63-year-old woman and began beating her.
The woman had parked her car on the 8th floor but was walking up the stairwell to use the elevator on the 9th floor. That's when police said he attacked her and dragged her into the stairwell.
"Pushed her down onto the ground, punched her, several times and fondled her," said Laura McElroy with the Tampa Police Department. "He threatened her life. He threatened that he was armed with a knife, though he never actually showed the weapon. She was screaming throughout this entire incident."
She kept on yelling and screaming, and to her credit, scared-off her attacker.
"Her own actions helped her by being very loud and making a racket and drawing attention and that scared-off the suspect," said McElroy.
RNC security cameras gave police crystal clear images of him leaving the garage, and as he was heading north on Franklin Street, the cameras showed him throwing the shirt he wore during the attack into a trash can.
Police also employed an alert system that was put in place for the RNC to warn people about Mayfield.
"And we sent an alert out to all the high-rises, to the property managers and the security managers, letting them know that their employees should exercise caution when walking to the parking garage, utilize a buddy system," said McElroy.
"Saw me standing in there alone and jumped in the elevator as the door was closing," said a downtown worker, who asked us not to identify her. She encountered Mayfield last week while getting into an elevator.
"It just shook me up, and I jumped off at the next floor," she said.
The incident startled her so bad she bought a mace gun. Thankfully, she never had to use it.
Police launched an intensive search in the air and on foot.
"And it was two officers who were part of this search, that spotted him sitting on a park bench in downtown Tampa," said McElroy.
And it was not just any park bench, but one that was sitting, nearly right out the front door of TPD, in Lykes-Gaslight Park.
"It's ironic that we found him in a park nearby the police department," said McElroy. "For us, the location doesn't matter so much, we're just happy he's no longer a threat to our citizens."
Mayfield, 57, recently arrived here from Georgetown, Delaware. He was living on the streets.
He has an extensive criminal history which includes, rape, kidnapping and sodomy from as far back as 1978. He's wanted on a warrant from Delaware for failing to register as a sexual offender there. New charges include attempted sexual battery, kidnapping and failing to register as a sex offender here in Tampa. He's being held in the Hillsborough County Jail.
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