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Bedford Man Arrested On Rape, Strangulation Charges
Updated June 7, 2016 6:05 AM | Filed under: Crime
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(BEDFORD) - A Bedford man was arrested Friday after he allegedly raped, choked and hit a woman.

Bedford Police arrested 19-year-old Zachary R. Thompson of Bedford on charges of rape, strangulation, battery resulting in bodily injury, criminal confinement and illegal consumption of alcohol.

According to a Lawrence County Superior Court I probable cause affidavit, on Friday a woman reported at 3:00 a.m. on Friday that Thompson came to her house and she told him to leave. She then claims Thompson grabbed her and pulled her down to the ground in her front yard.

She struggled to get away and continually told Thompson to stop. Then, she says Thompson smacked her in the face, knocking her back to the ground.

After hitting her, Thompson forced the woman to have sex.

She also told Bedford Police that during the incident Thompson choked her with both hands until she could not breathe.

Thompson is being held in Lawrence County jail on a $50,000 surety or $5,005 cash bond.

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