Tallahassee man arrested for armed sexual assault

Posted at 10:41 AM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 07:02:41-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A man has been arrested after being accused of sexually assaulting a victim at knifepoint last year. 

Carlton Knowles, 60, was taken into custody on Saturday.

According to a complaint document, the battery took place on Nov. 2, 2017 in the 2500 block of West Pensacola Street, across the street from Goodwill.

When investigators spoke with the victim, she said that Knowles had a knife and forced himself on her. Though the victim appeared "extremely intoxicated," she allowed officers to collect a buccal cell swab for comparison to the suspect's swabs.

When investigators spoke to Knowles, he said that he, the victim, and another person spent time drinking together that day, but denied ever assaulting the victim.

He told officers that he had known the victim for a while, but said things had never gotten sexual. Knowles denied assaulting the victim at knife point.

The report says Knowles also "confidently denied" that there would be any DNA from the victim on the swabs officers took from him.

But when investigators received a lab analysis back from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in February 2018, results showed Knowles' swabs had a mixture of the victim's DNA on them, which was consistent with the victim's story. 

Based on the evidence, a warrant was issued for his arrest on Friday. He was taken into custody the next day and was charged with two counts of sexual battery with a deadly weapon.

Knowles was also charged for possession of narcotic equipment at the time of his arrest. He remains in jail on a $5,000 bond.