Teenager pleads guilty to kidnapping, raping woman in park

Author: the associated press

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) – A teenage boy accused of kidnapping a woman outside a South Florida Walgreens and then raping her at a nearby park has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Miami Herald reports (http://hrld.us/1GhyUwZ) that 18-year-old Xavier Cobas pleaded guilty on Tuesday.

Cobas was 17 when he hid behind a woman’s car in February 2014 as she shopped at a Walgreens in Homestead. Surveillance footage shows Cobas attacking the woman from behind as she returns to her car.

Police say Cobas claimed he had a gun. He raped her at a park, then forced her to withdraw money from an ATM before letting her go.

The next day, the victim was showing a detective where the rape occurred when she spotted Cobas on the street. He later confessed and was linked to the rape by DNA.

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