Homeless Man Arrested After Accused of Raping Woman on Indiana Trail

(WEST LAFAYETTE) — Police have arrested a homeless man Tuesday after he allegedly sexually assaulting a woman on a West Lafayette Trail in July.

Video footage released by Lafayette Police

Police arrested 21-year-old Lyondre Williams, on charges of rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and interference with the reporting of a crime.

The assault happened on Saturday, July 20, around 11:45 a.m. The female told police she was jogging on the trail near the wastewater treatment plant in West Lafayette when an unknown man grabbed her from behind and threw her onto a patch of grass nearby.

According to court documents, the victim told police she tried to get to her cell phone to call for help but Williams took it. He then sexually assaulted her. He then took her phone and fled on foot. The victim told police she got up and ran home to call police.

Police released images and video taken at a nearby Wendy’s less than 30 minutes before the assault that showed a person of interest, later identified as Williams. The victim ID’d the surveillance video as the man she says attacked her.

He is being held on a $150,000 bond.

The incident remains under investigation.

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