A Lauderdale Lakes man is accused of breaking down an elderly woman’s bedroom door and trying to rape her, the Broward Sheriff’s Office said.
The woman, 78, 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.
After getting into the bedroom, Jarvis Wyndell Petty, 25, of Lauderdale Lakes, chased the woman into the living room, according to an arrest warrant. He choked and licked her as he tried to pull off her underwear, the warrant said.
The attack stopped when a grandchild’s friend walked into the house and Petty ran away.
Deputies took the woman to a rape treatment center and evidence was swabbed from her body in places where Petty had placed his mouth, according to the report.
In March, a crime lab linked DNA recovered from the evidence to Petty and led to his arrest, the report said.
Petty was arrested Thursday and is facing charges of attempted sexual battery, occupied burglary with a battery and lewd or lascivious molestation of an elderly person.
He also was charged with violating probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and giving a false name to law enforcement, a case that dates from September 27, 2014.
Petty pleaded no contest to the charges after he was accused of panhandling outside of a store in Lauderdale Lakes. While there, he threatened an assistant store manager with scissors because he didn’t like the employee’s sexual orientation, according to an arrest report.
The state attorney’s office declined to charge Petty with demonstrating prejudice while committing an offense.
The case was handled in mental health felony court. Petty pleaded no contest and adjudication was withheld, meaning no conviction would appear on his record.
He was sentenced to probation, anger management counseling and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and drug testing and live 10 months at a residential program, according to online court records.
During a court hearing Friday about Petty’s arrest in the attempted rape case, Assistant Public Defender Austyn Sanders told Broward County Judge Jackie Powell that Petty’s probation from 2014 had recently ended.
But Assistant State Attorney Eric Linder said Petty still was on probation at the time of the alleged assault.
“The circumstances surrounding this arrest does cause great concern for the community,” Powell said before ordering Petty held without bond.