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Police: Blytheville man attacked, raped Jonesboro woman

Duan Jamal Harris (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office) Duan Jamal Harris (Source: Craighead Co. Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

A Blytheville man faces multiple charges after Jonesboro police say he attacked and raped a female acquaintance.

Duan Jamal Harris, 26, is charged with rape, aggravated assault and interference with emergency communication in connection with the alleged assault.

The alleged assault took place Friday night at the woman’s home on North Patrick Street.

The victim told police she and Harris knew each other from high school and had been communicating the last few weeks.

She told police they were “not dating nor have they ever had sex before,” the police report said.

On Friday she received a text from Harris saying he was coming to see her and “hang out.”

The victim said “everything was fine” until she received a text message from another man asking her out to the movies.

She said Harris, who was behind her as she was reading the text, began to hit her in the back and side of the head.

The victim told police Harris grabbed her by the neck and dragged her into the bedroom where he threw her onto the floor and choked her until she passed out.

She awakened a short time later to find Harris having sex with her, the report said.

The victim told police she begged Harris to stop, “but he refused.”

According to court documents, the woman said Harris was continually punching her in the head and ribs while he raped her. 

She also said he pushed her to the floor and made her perform oral sex on him.

When the attack was over, Harris is alleged to have told the victim “it was all her fault” then took her phone so she could not call 911.

The victim asked Harris to take her to the hospital and after a while he agreed to do so.

The woman went to a local hospital where a sexual assault kit was performed and police were notified.

A Monette officer arrested Harris a short time later during a traffic stop.

According to the report, the victim’s phone was found in the car Harris was driving.

Harris was taken to the Craighead County Detention Center and is facing felonies for rape and aggravated assault and a misdemeanor for interference with emergency communication. 

His bond was set at $100,000 by a district court judge.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Sept. 30.

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