On the morning of Jan. 2, 2011, a stranger arrived at a Florida home and made his way into the living room, according to a police report obtained by CBC News.
The man then knocked on the front door of the house, and when a woman answered, he opened the door and forced himself inside.
The woman screamed for help, but the man remained in the home.
The victim was able to break free and run to a nearby convenience store, where she was able break free from the stranger’s grip and run into a nearby car.
That’s when police say the man, identified by the Florida Bureau of Investigation as 21-year-old Justin James Daugherty, got in the car and fled on foot.
Daughey, who police say has a lengthy criminal record, was arrested hours later at a nearby gas station, where he allegedly told a driver to drop him off at the Florida Tropicana hotel and refused to pay the hotel bill.
He was taken into custody in St. Petersburg and booked on $20,000 bail.
A woman in the same St. Pete condo where Daugher was arrested said she believed he was her boyfriend at the time of the incident.
“He said he just lost his girlfriend,” she told CBC News, but she could not provide any additional details about their relationship.
“I didn’t even know he had been arrested.
I was shocked and I just thought it was weird.”
Daughew, who was born in South Africa, was charged with attempted kidnapping, aggravated assault, burglary, assault and battery, and other charges.
Police said he was released on his own recognizance on May 30, 2011.
In January, Daugough pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on a police officer and was sentenced to 10 years probation.
“Justin James Dauffy was a very dangerous person,” St. Pierre police Sgt. Robert DeWitt said.
“There was a lot of stuff that happened, but I think he has changed.
It was a traumatic experience for everybody involved.”
In February, Daufys probation was revoked after police said he lied to officers and refused a Breathalyzer test.
“It is unfortunate that this individual has had to go through this,” DeWitz said.
But Dauffer is not the only person who is facing charges in connection with the January incident.
The other accused is not yet charged, but police are still searching for him.
Daufeys mother, who asked not to be identified, said her son was very intelligent and very caring.
“If anything happened to him, he would want to help everybody, he wanted to help everyone, he just didn’t care what happened to anyone else,” she said.
DeWitte said police have interviewed other people who knew Daugbery and are still working to find out if they knew anything about his arrest or his whereabouts.
Dburghey is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail in St Petersburg, where his bond is set at $200,000.
He has been charged with one count of first-degree attempted kidnapping and two counts of second-degree assault.
In a statement, Palm Beach Gardens police said they are not releasing Daugffer’s name because he is a public safety concern and because he has been deemed a flight risk.
Dangeffs lawyer, David Smith, said his client was simply trying to protect his girlfriend from a man who “looked like he was from somewhere else.”
“She had the right to have him in the house,” Smith said.
Daughherty is due back in court in July to explain why he did not return home after leaving, and police said Daugrey has been living in a temporary hotel room in St Louis.
“This is a sad case,” said police Detective Jeff McElwain.
“We’re trying to get to the bottom of what happened, why he was here, who he was with, and what he did to her.”