Man to be charged in rape

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Authorities have arrested an Augusta man accused of raping a woman and attempting to rape another.

North Augusta Public Safety officers arrested Jared Utley Baxter, 29, of the 3700 block of Ridgecrest Drive at about 5:20 a.m. today after Richmond County authorities pursued him on foot and by vehicle, according to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office news release. A North Augusta officer apprehended Mr. Baxter on Interstate 20 near the mile 7 marker.

Mr. Baxter is being detained at the North Augusta Department of Public Safety on a peeping Tom charge from an incident early this morning.

Richmond County authorities also plan to charge Mr. Baxter with rape, kidnapping, three counts of burglary and three counts of terroristic threats and acts stemming from incidents at two Augusta apartment complexes on June 29, July 3 and Monday.

Police said they believe he entered the apartments of three women on those dates and threatened to kill them if they screamed. In the July 3 incident, Mr. Baxter allegedly raped a woman.


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