Local Man Behind Bars for Sexual Assault in Midway

By: Jerry Askin Email
By: Jerry Askin Email

Midway, FL ---

Midway police say 49-year old William Saffell attacked a 40-year old woman on Highway 90 near Interstate 10. She was walking from a nearby gas station when she was dragged into the woods by Saffell and sexually molested.

"There was a sexual attack along with a physical attack from the male. The victim did get some abrasions and she was subsequently taken to the local hospital here," says Midway Police Chief Marcus Williams.

Saffell is being held in the Gadsden County Jail on a bond of $35,000. He's being charged with kidnapping, rape, and aggravated battery.


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  • by Zyairia Location: Tallahassee on Jul 2, 2011 at 09:33 PM
    Im the Lady who was attacked by this man.Thank you Midway Police Department.For your fast action.Id be dead.Thanks to passers by who called the midway Police, Thanks to your fast actions.Im here to Tell my story today.I was beat'over 50 times on my head.Was black,and blue.Sick for weeks. But i know id would be dead if it wasnt for your help.And thanks to the Medical Staff,Of The Gadston Co,Medical Center. I cant say thank you enuff for being there for me.Amen;
  • by OneMoreThing on Jun 12, 2011 at 10:56 AM
    Sounds like a prostitution deal gone bad.
  • by JT on Jun 12, 2011 at 07:55 AM
    Emmigrate (Exit this Country) Good Post anyway.
  • by Dana on Jun 12, 2011 at 06:58 AM
    At $3.00 a red light, these panhandlers make a great salary. there are a lot of fools in Tallahassee giving money to panhandlers when they should be using it for their own families. Of course, there's no record of the salaries the panhandlers make so no taxes either. Sounds like a pretty good life.
  • by yu on Jun 11, 2011 at 10:54 AM
    I bet you this is the same woman that been out there for a few years now ,,hooking up and down the road at the 2 truck stops/
  • by friday Location: tallahassee on Jun 11, 2011 at 08:02 AM
    @Cheryl--So, are you suggesting that if a man throws money on her after he's done, it's not rape? Or is that just for women you don't approve of?
  • by David Location: N Monroe on Jun 11, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    State workers and welfare recipients are requires to take drug tests. Volunteers required to get back ground checks. All of us required to pay income taxes. Panhandlers do not have to do anything but stand beside the road and allow foolish people to give them money to be spent on alcohol, drugs, and commit shoplifting and other crimes. Solution: Since they can stand in the hot sun and pan handle...assign them to the sheriff's work camp. Provide them with food prepared by inmates. Give them a cot in jail. It would solve a lot of problems!
  • by Anonymous Location: midway on Jun 11, 2011 at 06:31 AM
    I was woundering the same thing was it the lady that always walked hwy 90 and alway's at williams truck stop walking the parking lot.
  • by Brian Location: Midway on Jun 11, 2011 at 06:30 AM
    Cheryl... Was wondering the same thing.
  • by Join in Location: 3216 N Monroe on Jun 11, 2011 at 04:09 AM
    I have seen this panhandler at the intersection of I-10 and N. Monroe. He has lived on the hill for a while. He used to to scare elderly people trying to check into the Microtel Motel. I called LCSO and they only asked him to leave which he never did. HE said he made too much money panhandling, got free breakfast at the motels nearby, and the police were scared to arrests him. We need to encourage these panhandlers to immigrate to MExico.
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