Man Accused of Raping Stranded Motorist He Helped

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) -- An Altoona man is accused of helping a stranded motorist, then following her to a residence and raping her.

The Etowah County Sheriff's Department said 27-year-old Phillip Charles Browning is charged with first-degree rape and is in the county jail with bond set at $100,000.

Officers said a 26-year-old woman stopped at a service station in Gadsden when her car ran hot on June 24.

Officers said Browning helped her and then followed her to a residence where the rape occurred.

Officers said the victim identified Browning from a lineup of several people.

He was arrested after a five-day search.

Court records do not indicate whether Browning has an attorney.

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