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Woman bites alleged attacker

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

BELLE MINA — A rape suspect was "walking a little funny" when authorities found him after an alleged attack Monday morning.

Sheriff Mike Blakely said a 32-year-old Belle Mina woman was asleep at her home when she awoke to someone smothering her with a pillow.

The attacker said, "Lay still and do what I say," Blakely said.

The woman finally convinced her attacker she would comply if he would let her breathe, the sheriff said.

Blakely said the man stood up and she grabbed a lamp and hit him in the head twice.

Enraged, the attacker threw her to the floor and choked her, Blakely said.

"He then ordered her to perform oral sex," Blakely said. "That's when she bit him."

The attacker ran from the house.

Blakely said the woman recognized him as a nearby resident. The sheriff identified the alleged attacker as Jarrius Tyrone Nelson, 17, of 7089 School House Road.

Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said deputies responded to the woman's call within minutes and located Nelson at his home.

"He was walking a little funny, kind of bowlegged," McNatt said. "He claimed he hurt himself in a bicycle accident."

Deputies doubted that
story and took him into custody. A medical examination at the jail showed the injury was a bite mark and that the woman had bitten him hard enough to draw blood, McNatt said.

Nelson received treatment at the jail, where he remained in custody Tuesday on $70,000 bond. Authorities charged him with first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and second-degree burglary.

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