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Mar 2, 2012 8:43 AM by AP

Panel indicts suspect in rape of elderly woman

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A man accused of raping a 94-year-old DeQuincy woman has been indicted by a Calcasieu Parish grand jury.

DeQuincy police detective Tom Threet says 48-year-old Gabe McKeel Jr. allegedly entered the woman's house shortly before 11 p.m. on Jan. 28 armed with a knife.

Threet said the suspect raped the woman and struck her face and tried to steal a valuable item from the home.

The American Press reports McKeel was indicted on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated burglary and second-degree battery. He remains in jail on $1.6 million bond.

It was not immediately clear whether McKeel has an attorney.

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