Elgron Taylor (Photo via Lee County Sheriff's Office)

Man arrested in Lehigh Acres kidnapping, sexual battery

A 61-year-old man was arrested in connection with a kidnapping and sexual battery on a juvenile female, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

Deputies responded to Friday to a complaint based on reports of a girl being held against her will and sexually battered at a home, according to the sheriff’s office.

A witness saw a victim running from a house calling for help, and as the witness was trying to help her, the suspect —later identified as Elgron Taylor— allegedly grabbed the juvenile, put her in his car and drove off, the sheriff’s office said.

The juvenile was later found with her hands bound inside a vehicle in a wooded area in Lehigh Acres, according to the sheriff’s office. Taylor allegedly attempted to flee, but was arrested by deputies.

The victim told deputies she was kept at the home throughout the night and repeatably sexually battered. However, she was able to escape to get help from a witness.

An investigation was then conducted after a search warrant was obtained, and the victim was treated for her injuries, according to the sheriff’s office.

Taylor faces charges of sexual battery and kidnapping.