Teen Accused of Sex Battery of Girl Walking to School in Lauderhill

A teen accused of sexually battering a girl at knifepoint while she was walking to school in Lauderhill has been arrested, authorities said.

Brandon Joseph Mathieu, 17, was arrested Tuesday on charges including armed sexual battery, extortion and contributing to the delinquency of a child, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office arrest report.

According to the report, the girl was walking alone to school the morning of Feb. 11 in the area of Northwest 55th Avenue and Northwest 19th Street when she noticed Mathieu on a bicycle nearby. She recognized him as “Brandon” from middle school two years ago and said she occasionally sees him in her neighborhood, the report said.

The girl said she continued walking to school and was on a fenced access ramp over the Florida Turnpike when she was approached by Mathieu, who was armed with a knife, the report said. He told her to get on her knees and said “don’t scream or I’ll kill you,” the report said.

The girl resisted and fought for control of the knife before Mathieu choked her and grabbed her by her hair, the report said. Mathieu sexually battered the girl while holding the knife, then apologized and fled, the report said.

He was later booked into jail and remained behind bars without bond Wednesday, jail records showed. Attorney information wasn’t available.