ECSO investigates alleged rape

Published 10:10 pm Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Escambia County Sheriff’s Office officials are continuing to investigate the alleged attack of a Tumbling Lane woman last Thursday after she reported a home invasion and attempted rape at her home in the Canoe area.

Escambia County Chief Deputy Mike Lambert said dispatchers received a call concerning the alleged crime just before noon Aug. 12.

“The call came into our office right around noon on Thursday from a woman at a residence on Tumbling Lane,” Lambert said. “The woman reported a home invasion and an attempted rape. She said the suspect had gotten out of the home and ran away on foot.”

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Lambert said officers with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department, Atmore Police Department, Escambia County, Fla., Sheriff’s Department, Poarch Creek Police and K9 units from Fountain Correctional Facility and Century Correctional Facility responded to the scene.

“We called in two K9 units to try and track the suspect in this case,” Lambert said. “The dogs brought to the scene were unable to track any scent for any distance in the case. The leads that we had indicate that the alleged suspect left the area in a vehicle after leaving the home.”

Lambert said neighbors in the area were questioned and some witnesses described some vehicles seen in the area around the time of the alleged incident.

“We had a few vehicle descriptions given to us early on in the investigation,” Lambert said. “It was determined that one of the vehicles described belonged to a Census worker and that person was ruled out as a suspect. We also received information that a black SUV was also seen in the area, but no other leads or information has come about concerning that vehicle.”

Lambert said an investigation into the incident is continuing. Anyone with information concerning the incident or vehicles suspected of being in the area at the time of the incident is asked to contact the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department at 368-4779 or 867-0304.

In an unrelated case, Lambert said members of the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department responded to a domestic altercation call in front of the Poarch Creek Fire Department on Poarch Road Monday night. The call resulted in one person being taken into custody on prior warrants.

Ernest Dean Rolin Jr., aka Bubba, surrendered to officers without incident after he was tracked to his home.

“We received a call at about 7:45 p.m. Monday after a female reported an altercation with a suspect,” Lambert said. “She reported that the suspect had stolen her purse and money.”

Lambert said officers with the Poarch Creek Police Department and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Department began their investigation into the allegations. When the alleged victim gave the identity of the suspect, officers determined Rolin had outstanding felony warrants and misdemeanor warrants on a variety of drug charges, Lambert said.

“The suspect had fled the area on foot and we began our search for him at the fire house,” Lambert said. “I made the decision to call in the K9 unit from Fountain Correctional Facility to help locate the suspect.”

Lambert said a call to officers during the search alerted them that Rolin had returned by vehicle to his home on Jack Springs Road.

“When we received that information we went to his home and he was there,” Lambert said. “He surrendered to officers without incident and was transported to the Escambia County Detention Center.”

Rolin was being held pending a bond hearing set for Tuesday afternoon. No information concerning bond setting was available at press time.

A deputy with the Escambia County, Fla. Sheriff’s Department searches the Canoe area for the suspect.|Photo by Lisa Tindell