No bond for accused rapist

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Video: Rapist behind bars

Authorities lead Joseph Lee Frye into Tampa Police headquarters.

Tampa, Florida -A Hillsborough County Judge this morning denied bond to the man suspected of raping and terrorizing a Tampa woman last week.

Circuit Judge Eric R. Myers ordered Joseph Frye held, saying he was a danger to the community.

Residents in north Tampa are breathing a sign of relief at Frye's arrest.

 "Happy... real, real, happy. We got somebody off the streets."

That's the reaction of people gathered near the Mayflower Motel on N. Florida Avenue shortly after the arrest of Frye.

A suspect in last Friday's rape of an elderly Seminole Heights woman, Frye had been the subject of a massive manhunt. [Full Story]

Police say a citizen's tip Thursday led them to the Mayflower and room 15. "They (officers) had a pass key for that door and as they started to make entry. He actually had his hand on the knob, the door was pushed in and he gave up," said Asst. Chief Jane Castor.

Janet Lockwood cleans rooms at the motel and the thought of Frye being so close by is a bit unsettling. "I'm relieved that they caught him... now I won't be scared no more," said Lockwood after the arrest.

Police say they have a very good case against Frye. They say DNA ties him to last week's attack and they credit the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for rushing that sample through the lab.

Frye has a long criminal history, which includes a rape conviction. He was released from prison just a month ago and now police say he's heading back.

"I think everyone in the city of Tampa can breathe a little easier," said Castor. 

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