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Man wanted for Key West rape turns self in  

A man wanted by Key West police for allegedly raping a mentally retarded woman in March turned himself in at the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Plantation Key Sub-Station jail Friday night.

Robert Wayne Cucchi, 37, was wanted for sexual battery on a mentally defective person. Key West Police Detective Dan Allen swore out the warrant on Dec. 8, following a nine-month joint investigation with Agent Kathy Smith of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

DNA collected from the 29-year-old victim matched Cucchi’s, taken by an oral swab from Cucchi in September, Allen said. Allen had a search warrant for the swab.

Cucchi is accused of pinning the woman to the outside door of her Poinciana plaza apartment, telling her to open it and carrying her inside where he reportedly attacked her. Cucchi had been staying with the victim’s boyfriend in a next door apartment at the time of the attack.



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