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Homeless man arrested in July rape of woman jogging on West Lafayette trail

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Posted at 11:14 AM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 11:17:32-04

WEST LAFAYETTE — Police have arrested a homeless man accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a West Lafayette Trail back in July.

Lyondre Williams, 21, was arrested on Tuesday and is charged with rape, attempted rape, sexual battery and interference with the reporting of a crime.

Williams is listed in court documents as being "homeless."

The assault happened on Saturday, July 20, around 11:45 a.m. The female victim told police she was jogging on the trail near the waste water 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 filed against Williams, the victim told police she tried to get to her cell phone to call for help but Williams threw it from her and then sexually assaulted her. He then took her phone and fled on foot. The victim told police she got up and ran home before calling 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.

Criminal charges were filed against Williams on September 11 and an arrest warrant was issued. He was arrested on September 24.

Williams' bond has been set at $150,000.

The incident remains under investigation.

Person of interest in alleged sexual assault