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Updated: 02/24/2014 06:59:23PM

Registered sex offender charged with kidnapping woman

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Ronald Richard Harold Karas


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VENICE — It started as a ride home and a landscaping job offer for a young woman Wednesday afternoon, but the situation quickly morphed into a registered sex offender propositioning the woman for sex and to pose for a foot fetish website, according to the Venice Police Department.

Ronald Richard Harold Karas, 42, of the 5200 block of Syracuse Road, was charged with kidnapping, battery, solicitation of prostitution, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance. The 20-year-old alleged victim, told authorities she first made contact with Karas outside of her place of employment, located near the intersection of Avenido Del Circo and Tamiami Trail in Venice, around 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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