Man found guilty of kidnapping 2 women in Immokalee on the same day

Alexander Steven Manzano (CCSO)

A man has been found guilty of kidnapping two women in Immokalee on the same day, according to State Attorney Amira D. Fox.

Alexander Steven Manzano, 32, faces up to life in prison after being found guilty of
Kidnapping, Aggravated Assault, Attempted Sexual Battery with a Deadly Weapon and
Attempted Kidnapping following a trial in Collier County.

The two incidents happened on Jan. 4, 2019.

In the first incident, a woman had gotten a flat tire when riding her bike. Manzano offered her a ride in his pick-up truck to a local convenience store. She agreed and got in the truck.

She started to get nervous when she realized he’d driven by multiple stores. She attempted to open the door, but it wouldn’t work.

Manzano took her to a local cemetery, pulled out a knife and made her get out of the truck, demanding she take her clothes off. He tried to sexually violate her, but she was able to push him out of the way.

The victim then ran to a house nude and banged on the door for help. The homeowner called 911 and Manzano fled. Deputies from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Just two hours later, another woman was walking along a road when Manzano pulled over in his pick-up truck. He got out of the truck, came up behind her and grabbed her, putting her in a chokehold to gain control.

He attempted to drag her to his truck, but she fought back. He then started to choke and punch her.

A passerby saw the attack and pulled over to help. Manzano saw the other vehicle pull up and fled.

While a deputy with CCSO was on the way to the scene, another deputy heard the radio transmission about what happened. He saw a truck matching the description and did a traffic stop. The driver was detained and identified as Manzano. He was then identified by the victims in both incidents as the perpetrator.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 13, 2020. Assistant State Attorney Laura Mason and
Assistant State Attorney Deborah Cunningham prosecuted the case.

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