Jonesboro man accused of raping girl following drug deal

Jonesboro man accused of raping girl following drug deal

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police say a man raped a 16-year-old girl following a drug deal at a Jonesboro home.

According to court documents, the victim went to the 3700-block of Holland on Friday to buy a "marijuana blunt" from 18-year-old Larry Fowler, Jr.

Before the transaction, police said Fowler made the girl "undress completely" then took photographs of her. A friend of Fowler's who was present at the time tried to stop him, the affidavit stated.

After smoking the marijuana, Fowler reportedly offered the victim Xanax bars. When she turned them down, investigators believe Fowler placed them in the girl's drink.

"The suspect then forced the female juvenile to have sex with him without consent until the witness came through the suspect's bedroom door and shoved the suspect off of the victim," the affidavit said.

Fowler's friend and the girl then left the residence and contacted police.

Officers arrested Fowler Friday evening on suspicion of rape and took him to the Craighead County Detention Center to await a probable cause hearing. He was released Monday at 4:47 p.m.

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