Man, 25, linked by DNA to attempted rape of woman in her 70s, investigators say

A Lauderdale Lakes man is accused of breaking down the bedroom door of an elderly woman and trying to rape her, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.

The woman, in her late 70s, lived in the 2000 block of Northwest 39th Way in Lauderdale Lakes. On Dec. 26 she saw a stranger in her home and after locking her bedroom door, began to pray.

Jarvis Wyndell Petty, 25, of Lauderdale Lakes, is accused of breaking the door of the woman’s bedroom. He chased her into the living room, choking and licking her as he tried to pull off her underwear, according to an arrest warrant.

The attack stopped when a grandchild’s friend walked into the house and Petty ran away, the report said.

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