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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-158

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • May 13, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    DNA Identifies A Serial Rapist

    Suspect returned to Hillsborough County to face charges.
    • Thursday
    • October 31, 2002
    • Time: 6:30 PM
    • Hillsborough County

    Suspect:

     
    Mannot Lusca, DOB 8/21/82
    Hillsborough County Jail
    Atwater Federal Prison
    California

    Charges:

    Armed Kidnapping (5 counts)
    Armed Sexual Battery (5 counts)
    Armed Burglary
    Armed Home Invasion

    Details:

    In May of this year, HCSO Detectives were notified by California authorities a DNA match had been identified through CODIS for rapes that had occurred in Hillsborough County between 2002 and 2004.

    HCSO Detectives flew to California, where they interviewed Lusca and obtained a second DNA sample and a confession. Lusca was scheduled to be released from Atwater Prison, California in March of 2012.

    Lusca has been brought to the Hillsborough County Jail from Atwater Federal Prison in California where he will be held with no bond.

    Here is a summary of the criminal cases Mannot Lusca has been charged with:

    # October 31, 2002, victim 16 yoa, occurred at 12202 N 22nd St. The victim was abducted as she walked to her bus stop and taken to an apartment laundry room.

    Charged: Armed Sexual Battery and Armed Kidnapping

    # February 21, 2003, victim 20 yoa, occurred at 2225 131st Ave. The victim was forced back into her apartment at gunpoint.

    Charged: Armed Sexual Battery, Armed Home Invasion, Armed Burglary w/assault

    # March 4, 2003, victim 15 yoa, occurred at 12736 N 17th St. The victim was abducted as she walked to her bus stop and taken to a vacant apartment.

    Charged Armed Sexual Battery, Armed Kidnapping.

    # March 20, 2003, victim 22 yoa, occurred at 19th St and 131st Ave. The victim was walking home from taking her young child to school and was approached by an armed suspect who took her toward an apartment but she was able to get away when they encountered another citizen.

    Charged Armed Kidnapping

    # April 8, 2003, victim 16 yoa, occurred at 1700 E. Fowler Av. Victim was walking and was confronted at gunpoint and forced into woods.

    Charged Armed Sexual Battery, Armed Kidnapping

    # November 23, 2004, victim 16 yoa, occurred at 13000 Firth Ct. Victim was approached while walking in area and forced at gunpoint to a deck of a vacant apartment.

    Charged Armed Sexual Battery, Armed Kidnapping
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