A Wewahitchka man was arrested Tuesday on burglary and rape charges, according to a release from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

A Wewahitchka man was arrested Tuesday on burglary and rape charges, according to a release from the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office.

Anthony Bryan McDaniel, 33, was arrested inside a Wewahitchka home after he allegedly beat and raped a woman after breaking into the residence.

Deputies responded to a location in Wewahitchka after a third-party 911 caller told dispatchers that a residence was broken into and the occupant was “beaten up.”

Deputies located the victim who was visibly battered and had numerous bruises and a laceration. The victim told the deputy that McDaniel broke into the residence at approximately 3:30 a.m. CT Tuesday and once inside started punching her in the face.

She said she was choked and forcefully raped. The victim was able to escape, by running outside, but was dragged back into the residence by McDaniel where he continued to sexually batter her.

Investigators believe the victim passed out as a result of the beating. When victim regained consciousness, she determined McDaniel was asleep and escaped the residence to call for help.

McDaniel, who was still asleep in the residence, was immediately taken into custody.

Investigators executed a search warrant on the residence and found evidence to corroborate the victim’s statements. The victim was transported by ambulance to Bay Medical Sacred Heart in Panama City where she remained hospitalized.

McDaniel was transported to the Gulf County Detention Facility where he was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with Battery, two counts of sexual battery (two counts), aggravated battery and false imprisonment.

McDaniel, who was out on a $7,000 bond for aggravated stalking and trespass involving the same victim, was first appeared Tuesday and held without bond.