Wewa Man Attacks, Rapes Woman, After Being Released on Bond

GULF COUNTY, Fla. - A Wewahitchka man, who was previously arrested and released on bond for allegedly stalking a Gulf County woman, attacked and raped her Monday night, Gulf County Sheriff's officials wrote in a news release.

Anthony Bryan McDaniel, 33, allegedly broke into her home at about 3:30 am and once inside started punching the woman in the face. 

"She stated she was choked and forcefully raped," officers wrote in a news release. "The victim was able to escape, by running outside, but was dragged back into the residence by McDaniel where he continued to sexually batter her. Investigators believe the victim passed out as a result of the beating."

When the victim regained consciousness, she determined McDaniel was asleep and escaped the residence to call for help. McDaniel, who was still asleep in the residence, was immediately taken into custody.

The victim was taken to a local hospital.

McDaniel is charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery, sexual battery (two counts), aggravated battery and false imprisonment. McDaniel was out on a $7,000 bond for aggravated stalking and trespass involving the same victim.

He appeared in court Tuesday morning and ordered held without bond. 

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