Man arrested, charged after alleged rape
SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DAD, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida teen is sharing her horrific story after she says she was raped at a park by a man police later arrested and charged.
A 16-year-old girl has been forever changed after, she said, she was raped at her neighborhood park, Southridge Park, located on 196th Street and 112th Avenue in Southwest Miami-Dade.
Police arrested 46-year-old Erick Levant Wilson, who is being held without bond on armed sexual battery, robbery and kidnapping charges. According to Miami-Dade Police, Wilson is the man who raped the teen and her 18-year-old friend at around 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 as they walked through the park.
When both teens told Wilson they had no money, he held the teens at gunpoint. The teen said, "Then, he had her doing oral sex to him and made me lay back on my back while he pointed the gun at me so I can't move, and then he made us switch spots, her laying on her back and had me do oral sex to him."
The teen said the incident happened under the bleachers at the football field. She added, when people started running around the track field, Wilson forced the teens a few yards south and sexually battered the 16-year-old under the baseball field's score board. "Everytime I see someone with a bald head I'm always thinking it's him. and I be paranoid," she said.
The teen's mother said, "She came through the door and said that she was raped."
The young victim said Wilson took down her phone number hoping to see her again. It was William's phone calls, surveillance images from the park and the sketch of the suspect that lead police to Wilson. "I was just scared and ready to go home," said the teen.
Carolyn Lee, who lives in the area said kids are always by the park. "You got kids come out here at 6 a.m., 5:30 a.m. to catch the school bus," said Lee.
Police said Wilson confessed to police about another rape that occurred on June 5 at Caribbean Park.
Gwen Doydell, who works near the park, wants to see more police. "We would like to see more police visible on the park," said Doydell.
"He won't be able to harm anyone else, but it still don't change the fact of what he did to me," said the victim.
Police are concerned there might be more victims and want them to come forward. If you have any information, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a reward.
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