Jared Jenkins, 23, was arrested in east Bradenton on a warrant charging him with false imprisonment in connection with a Nov. 29 incident involving a 15-year-old girl. He also faces a charge of attempted sexual battery in the case, Sheriff Brad Steube said during a late afternoon news conference.
"The (Bradenton) Police Department and the sheriff’s office received information earlier this week that Jenkins could possibly be involved in the attacks," a news release states. "Subsequent investigation led to a warrant being obtained," on Wednesday.
Jared Jenkins has admitted to raping a 15-year-old girl and and attacking two other girls in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office. He has one prior arrest as a juvenile in Sarasota County, authorities said.
Manatee County Sheriff Brad Steube said a warrant for Jenkins arrest was issued Wednesday, and he was picked up Thursday at a home in Heritage Harbour in East Manatee County. Deputies also searched a home near where the attacks took place, where they found items that were used in one of the attacks.
The Bradenton Police Department was looking for a man in his 20s, about 6-foot tall with a thin build. The sheriff’s office was originally looking for someone in their 30s and 40s in the incident Thursday, but on Monday officials said it is possible the suspect is as young as 18.
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