The Escambia County (FL) Sheriff’s Office has arrested a 33-year-old man in connection with a violent home invasion last week. Rodriges Lavonne George is charged with home invasion robbery and sexual battery, among other charges, for a brutal attack on June 4.
Caution: Some readers may find the details of the attack disturbing.
According to the arrest report, George arrived at the female victim’s home while she was in the kitchen mopping. She told George not to come into her home and blocked the door frame with her body.
George pushed her into the residence and entered the residence. George began punching her multiple times in the head. George slammed her to the ground and began kicking her multiple times in the stomach.-ECSO Arrest Report
The report states that George then grabbed her by the hair and dragged her by the hair into the kitchen and stripped off all her clothes and then grabbed the mop and shoved the tip of the wooden handle inside her rectum.
George is then alleged to have gotten a butcher knife, put it to her throat and stated “I’m going to kill you.”
The victim was able to escape when George let go of her and walked towards the bedroom.
George was identified by the victim in a photo lineup and was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8.
He is also charged with battery and aggravated assault in connection with this case.
He is being held on a total bond of $371,000.
Scott Farley is a self defense expert. He says there are some things you can do to protect yourself from intruders.
“Elbows are very good,” Farley said. “Palm strikes and elbows. Most people that have never been in a fight don’t realize if you punch somebody with your fist and you don’t have a pad on it, it’s probably going to break.”
Farley says the best thing someone can do is react right away if they see someone in their home. He says if you’re in the kitchen, grab a knife or the nearest weapon. Mikayla Rositi is Farley’s student. She says she heard about the attacks in the area, and thinks her training could save her life.
“I feel more comfortable anywhere,” Rositi said. “It doesn’t matter. I can be at home. I can be out. The feeling of knowing I can protect myself, it’s wonderful.”