City man charged with rape, retaliation

Published 11:37 am Friday, April 15, 2011

A Vicksburg man was released on $100,000 bond Thursday from Warren County Jail after charges for rape and retaliation against a witness were filed earlier in the day.

Willie Peoples, 32, 901 Wabash Ave., was arrested at 8:45 a.m. by the Warren County Sheriff’s Department, concluding a four-month investigation of a rape reported in December.

Investigators learned a 16-year-old patient at River Region Medical Center had reported a rape. Peoples knew the victim and, according to information gathered during the investigation, drove her to a secluded area off Lee Road, raped her, then took her home, Sheriff Martin Pace said. DNA samples analyzed by the state crime lab backed up the rape charge, Pace said.

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A retaliation charge was added when the victim reported Peoples had cursed and threatened her in April when the two saw each other in a local convenience store.

Bond had been set at $50,000 on each charge, Pace said.