On Saturday, the woman told police she was walking north on the east side of South Howard Avenue about 1:30 p.m. that day when a man grabbed her arm, dragged her behind a building and bushes near West Swann Avenue, and raped her. She described the building as peach or pink with a red-tile roof, which describes a diagnostic center at that intersection.
The woman continued walking about two miles to the University of Tampa, where she had parked her car, and called police about 3:40 p.m. Police took her to be examined by a nurse, then tried to return with her to the scene of the rape. In the process, they learned she was wanted and arrested her.
The warrant is related to about $4,500 in unpaid restitution a Sarasota County court said the woman owes in a 2003 case, police said. She posted the restitution amount as bail Monday.
The woman's mother said the warrant is a "big paperwork mix-up" with the court system; they thought the case was resolved.