Police chase, capture sex offender after alleged rape

Published: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 5:34 p.m.

A registered sex offender was arrested on Wednesday night following a chase after police say he cut a woman with a knife before forcing her to have sex with him.

Louis L. Walker, 34, who police said lives in a group home in the 1100 block of Northeast 24th Terrace, approached a woman sitting outside a home on Southeast Seventh Street at 10:30 p.m., and asked if she wanted to smoke marijuana, according to a Gainesville Police report.

The woman agreed, and the police report said she also agreed to have sex with Walker for money. When they went to the side of the house, she asked to see his money and Walker said he didn’t have any, but he had “this,’’ and pulled out a folding knife, police said.

Walker put the knife to her throat, the report states, and cut her neck while demanding she perform a sex act. He then raped her, the report said.

Using her cellphone, the woman called 911 twice during the attack, but the calls did not connect, the report said. She finally ran to a friend’s house and called 911.

A witness told police that a man was in the French Courtyard Apartments bragging about getting free sex from a woman.

Walker ran from police on Southeast Second Avenue, and Officers Bobby White and Dan Abbott chased him through a number of yards. He got over a high barbed wire fence at one point before being captured by Sgt. Barry Kays and Officer Shawn Hardman, police said.

Police said Walker told them that he threw the knife away as he was fleeing.

Walker was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, sexual battery and resisting arrest without violence. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Thursday on $180,000 bond.

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