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Arrested on April 13, 2018:
729 21st Avenue SE
Charges: Kidnapping, Sexual Battery (3 Counts), Aggravated Battery Great Bodily Harm
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Jerry Roberts for sexually battering a confidential female in April. As a result of the investigation, Mr. Roberts cell phone was recovered as evidence. A search warrant conducted on the cell phone revealed a video of Mr. Roberts sexually battering a separate victim. The victim appeared drugged and unconscious during the sexual battery.
Contact was made with the victim, who was out of state. The victim identified herself as the person who was unconscious and being sexually battered in the video. The victim was unaware of the existence of the video.
Additional charges for Sexual Battery (times 2) were added to Jerry Roberts on 05-17-2018 who is currently in jail. If anyone believes they may have been a victim of Jerry Roberts, detectives would like to encourage them to report the incident to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Anyone with any information in reference to this suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200. You may also send an anonymous tip from a smart phone using HCSOSheriff app available on both android and apple products. To be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using their P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.
News Release 18-342:
On April 11, 2018, at approximately 1:30 pm, the victim was dropped off by a friend at a vacant home in Ruskin where she met the defendant, Jerry Roberts Jr. who guided her to the rear entrance of the home. The victim entered the residence and was struck multiple times in the face and head by Roberts. Roberts then held a machete to her neck and threatened her life, tied up with a ligature and sexually battered her. The victim was kept inside the vacant residence for approximately 18 hours before she was able to escape.
A court authorized search warrant of the residence was conducted and evidence found was consistent that matched the victim's statements. Video of the victim bound and naked was found on Robert's phone along with other forensic evidence was seized.
On April 13, 2018, Roberts was arrested and booked into the Orient Road Jail. The investigation continues.