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Man accused of breaking into home, touching UCF student

Taylor Morrell arrested in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. – A man was arrested early Thursday on allegations of touching a University of Central Florida student while she was in bed in her apartment across the street from campus.

Taylor Morrell, 20, of Coconut Creek and a student at UCF, was arrested on charges of burglary of a dwelling with assault or battery.  He was taken to the Orange County Jail and was being held on no bond.

The incident happened this week at the Plaza at University apartment complex on University Boulevard across the street from campus.

Orange County deputies say a man, who they later identified as Morrell, broke into an apartment that housed four women. Deputies say Morrell touched one woman while she slept in her room, but left after she screamed.

Investigators say he then went to a second woman's room and breathed heavily while facing her bed.

A third roommate says she saw the same man close the front door.

No one was injured.

Taylor Morrell, 20, of Coconut Creek.
Taylor Morrell, 20, of Coconut Creek.

Security was called, but no one was immediately located.  Deputies released surveillance images the man, and a local TV news viewer recognized the man and called authorities, leading to Morrell's arrest.

Morrell also lives in the apartment complex, deputies said.