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Man wanted for rape, robbery arrested

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LAKE CHARLES, La. -

A Lake Charles man accused of raping a woman and robbing her is now behind bars.

On July 31, Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an apartment complex on Lake Street in reference to a rape.

During the initial investigation, the victim advised detectives she went to the dumpster located near her apartment to throw out the trash and left the door to her apartment slightly open, according to Kim Myers, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.  She stated when she re-entered her home she observed an unknown man inside holding a knife.  She told detectives she attempted to flee but the suspect grabbed her and forced her into the bedroom at knifepoint, at which time he raped her, stated Myers.  The victim also advised detectives she attempted to resist the suspect but he hit her multiple times.  Detectives also learned the suspect stole the victim’s cell phone before leaving the residence. 

After further investigation, evidence at the scene led to the identification of the suspect as Brandon L. Bell, 33, of Lake Charles. 

On September 21 Judge Clayton Davis signed a warrant in the amount of $400,000 for Bell’s arrest.  Bell was arrested the next day and booked into the Calcasieu Correctional jail and charged with first-degree rape; and armed robbery. 

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