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Walker resident saw man accused of rape and robbery days before attack

Lionel Myles (Source: Walker Police Department) Lionel Myles (Source: Walker Police Department)
WALKER, LA (WAFB/AP) -

A Walker resident spoke out after police arrest a man for allegedly raping and robbing a woman at a laundromat.

Walker Police say the attack happened Sunday night at a laundromat on North Walker Rd.

Authorities say 40-year-old Lionel Myles approached a woman while she was washing clothes and asked if she had any spare change. The woman told Myles no. Detectives say Myles, who was armed with a knife, then raped and robbed the woman.

Roy King, who owns a tattoo shop next door, said he had just seen Myles a few days ago.

"Yeah, he came into the shop a couple days prior asking for quarters," said King. "He didn't seem like that type of guy."

Capt. John Sharp with Walker Police said investigators were able to catch Myles with the help of surveillance video and witnesses. Detectives say they located Myles in an abandoned building not far from the scene.

"We are really happy we were able to get this resolved quickly," said Sharp. "We didn't want people to be concerned about if there is a rapist on the loose."

Myles was charged with aggravated rape, aggravated assault, battery and armed robbery. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center with bond set at $210,500.

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