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Sheriff: Man sought in Florida crimes arrested in Atlanta

October 14, 2019 GMT

FROSTPROOF, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of killing one woman and sexually battering and abducting another in Florida earlier this month has been arrested in Atlanta.

News outlets quote authorities as saying 30-year-old Taiwan Blandin of Frostproof, Florida, was captured Saturday after fleeing from Atlanta police and crashing a stolen car.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd says Blandin sexually battered and kidnapped an 18-year-old woman there Oct. 1. Judd says Blandin drove the teen that day to a mobile home and went inside, giving her time to escape in Blandin’s car. Judd says Blandin followed the woman and shot at her, wounding her 81-year-old neighbor before leaving. Deputies who returned to the mobile home found an older woman fatally shot.

Blandin is being held in Atlanta. It’s unknown if he has an attorney.