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Delray Beach Man Arrested in Rape of Woman, 79

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A Delray Beach man is behind bars after police say he raped a 79-year-old woman, using bras to tie her down.

Authorities say Oscar Rowell woke up the sleeping grandmother on a Sunday in April, wielding a knife and threatening to kill her if she made any noise. Police say that after raping her, Rowell stole the woman's credit cards and 2003 Toyota Camry. Neighbors found her later that day.

Police spotted her car a block from Rowell's home. He denied knowing her or having been to her house, but DNA found at the crime scene matched his.

The 50-year-old was booked into a Palm Beach County detention center Thursday on charges including sexual battery, armed burglary
and grand theft auto. He is being held on $3,000 bond.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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