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Deputies searching for Prairieville man accused of beating, raping woman

Stephen Janis (Source: APSO) Stephen Janis (Source: APSO)

Deputies are searching for a man who is accused of beating and raping a woman. They say he could possibly be armed.  

The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office is searching for Stephen Janis, 55, of Prairieville. Hey say may be driving a white 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck with license plate X946799.  

Officials say Janis is wanted for first-degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm, and second-degree battery.  

The victim told deputies that during the evening on Thursday, November 17, Janis, a known acquaintance, held her against her will, beat her, and then raped her. She was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.  

If you know anything regarding his whereabouts, call Crime Stoppers at (225) 344-7867.  

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