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Serial stun gun rape suspect arrested

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James Harold Crockett, Jr. (Picture source: Baton Rouge Police Department) James Harold Crockett, Jr. (Picture source: Baton Rouge Police Department)

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A suspected serial rapist accused of using a stun gun and handcuffs to subdue his victims was arrested after an interstate pursuit in Alabama Monday night.

James Harold Crockett, 37, is accused of three attacks near college campuses in Louisiana and Mississippi, including one near LSU in Baton Rouge. He's been charged with aggravated rape, aggravated battery, and false imprisonment.

In two of the cases, the victims were sexually assaulted, police said. Crockett was arrested at 8:40pm Monday by U.S. Marshals and the Alabama Highway Patrol, a Baton Rouge police spokesman said. "Crockett crashed during the pursuit and is now in custody in Alabama," said Corporal L'Jean Mckneely. Crockett was arrested along Interstate 65 near Huntsville, the spokesman said.

One of the reported rapes happened on July 5th at an apartment complex near LSU. The other two incidents were reported in Hammond and Hattiesburg. Authorities say Crockett is believed to be from Chalmette, Louisiana, which is near New Orleans. Police say they came in contact with Crockett in Florence, Alabama last week where he was arrested for possession of marijuana after receiving calls about a suspicious person outside of an apartment complex in that city. 

The arrest happened on July 7th, just two days after the rape near LSU. During the rape near LSU, the 22-year-old victim reported that a man knocked at her door and asked for her roommate by name, claiming to be a friend. When the victim said her roommate was not home, the man asked to be let in to use the restroom. Once inside, the man used the stun gun on the woman, handcuffed her, and raped her.

The Hattiesburg attack happened one day after the Baton Rouge attack, on Monday, July 6. The Hammond attack happened on Friday, July 10, police said. The attack in Hammond was reported as an attempted rape.

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