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Tampa Man Accused of Sexual Assault on Northdale Trail

Robert Hembree, Jr. | Hillsborough Sheriff | Arrests

He admitted throwing a woman to the ground and seeing her naked from the waist down, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said.

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY – A Tampa man has been accused in the February attack on a woman who was walking on the Northdale Trail jogging path, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said.

Robert Hembree, Jr., 31, of Tampa, was charged with one count each of sexual assault no physical force of violence, a felony, and larceny petit theft, a first degree misdemeanor.

Deputies said that about 3:41 p.m. on Feb. 24, Hembree grabbed the woman from behind, threw her to the ground and forcefully removed her shorts and underclothing. The woman was on a jogging trail exercising at the time of the attack.

While she was lying on the ground naked from the waist down, deputies said Hembree stood over her using vulgarities. Hembree fled the area after she began kicking him. Upon fleeing, the defendant took the woman’s shorts, holding them over his head as he fled. The woman suffered several abrasions and bruising as a result of the attack.

Hembree was later arrested and charged with unrelated crimes in the area. Deputies said Hembree later admitted to throwing the victim to the ground and seeing her naked from the waist down.

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