Man arrested for sexual offenses


A 59-year-old Tavernier man wanted for an incident that occurred in the Upper Keys in January in which he held a woman down and masturbated was located in Collier County, Florida Wednesday by the U.S. Marshals Service.


Alejandro Luis Dewelde remains in a Collier County, Florida jail on charges of attempted sexual battery, two counts of battery, indecent exposure of sexual organs and false imprisonment.


The incident was reported on Jan. 6, 2021 at an apartment complex on the 90000 block of the Overseas Highway.


Dewelde closed a door in this apartment, grabbed the 23-year-old victim by the shoulders and pushed her onto a bed. The victim yelled no and attempted to get Dewelde off of her. He attempted to pull her pants down, but was not successful. Dewelde then masturbated while pinning the victim down. He allowed her to leave thereafter.


The victim’s boyfriend later confronted Dewelde. Dewelde admitted that he attempted to have sex with the victim. A fight ensued. One of the battery charges is due to Dewelde hitting the victim’s boyfriend.


Major Crimes Detectives were assigned the case.

Warrants were obtained for Dewelde’s arrest.


Dewelde will be brought to Monroe County to face the charges against him.