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Rape suspect back in custody after arrest on warrant in Dallas

Rape suspect back in custody after arrest on warrant in Dallas

January 11th, 2017 by Lynn LaRowe in Texarkana News

A rape defendant who has been a fugitive since failing to appear in court more than six months ago is back in Miller County, Ark., custody following a December arrest in Dallas.

Denickolas Brown

Denickolas Brown

Denickolas Maurice Brown, 26, is accused of attacking a woman he met via FaceBook in November 2015. Brown was arrested Dec. 15, 2015, by Texarkana, Ark., police and bail was set at $60,000. At a hearing in March 2016, Brown entered a not guilty plea to a single count of rape. His bail was reduced to $45,000 and the case was scheduled for a pretrial hearing June 14 and for trial in August.

Brown was released on a bail bond March 14 and never showed for his June court hearing. He was arrested in Dallas in December on the outstanding warrant issued in June for failure to appear. At a hearing Dec. 28, Brown's prior bond was surrendered and a $50,000 cash only bail was set in his case. Brown has not made bail and remains in the Miller County jail.

Brown appeared Tuesday before Circuit Judge Kirk Johnson for his first pretrial hearing since March. Johnson scheduled the case for another pretrial hearing later this month.

Brown allegedly began communicating with a local woman on Facebook, and the two agreed to meet in person Nov. 30, 2015, at Denny's in Texarkana, Ark., according to a probable-cause affidavit used to create the following account. After visiting in the restaurant, the two decided to go to Brown's house in the 1400 block of East 26th Street on the Arkansas side.

The woman told police she held Brown's 1-year-old daughter on her lap until Brown picked the child up, put her in a bedroom and locked the child inside. Brown allegedly picked up the woman, carried her to another bedroom and locked that room's door.

The woman said she told Brown she wanted to leave and began screaming. Her cries allegedly made Brown angry. He allegedly called her a name and told her to shut up before he raped her. The woman told investigators that the more she screamed and cried, the harder Brown forced himself into her.

When Brown was finished assaulting the woman, he allegedly told her to get out, which she did. Detectives who responded to the report of rape described the woman as "upset and in pain" when they contacted her at CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System in Texarkana, Texas.

If convicted of rape, Brown faces 10 to 40 years or life in an Arkansas prison.

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