Selma man arrested, charged with first-degree rape
A Selma man is in custody after reportedly raping a woman Sunday night.
According to a release from the Selma Police Department, officers were called to the 1700 block of Philpot Avenue concerning a rape victim. Once there, officers met the victim, described as a black female in her 30s, who said she was walking home from a local corner store when Mitchell approached her.
The victim said she refused Mitchell’s advance, which then led to Mitchell reportedly grabbing her and taking her behind her a nearby house. At that point, he allegedly stripped her of her clothing and then sexually assaulted her.
After the assault, the victim was able to leave and run to a nearby house, where she was able to call the police.
Lt. Curtis Muhannad, with the Selma Police Department, said in the release that the victim did have signs of a struggle and bruises on her body. He also said the victim identified Mitchell as her attacker and knew him from the neighborhood.
Muhannad said detectives and officers arrested Mitchell Monday morning and charged him with rape first degree.
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