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Prairieville man turns himself in for beating, raping woman

7 years 6 months 3 weeks ago Monday, November 21 2016 Nov 21, 2016 November 21, 2016 4:30 PM November 21, 2016 in News
Source: WBRZ

PRAIRIEVILLE – A Prairieville man who was on the run after he held a woman against her will then raped and abused her has turned himself in, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Investigators with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that they were searching for 55-year-old Stephen Janis. Sheriff Wiley said Janis held a woman against her will, beat her and raped her. According to the sheriff's office the woman was kept in Janis' home and was an acquaintance of his. The woman was able to escape from the home as Janis slept. 

Deputies said that he may have been driving a white 2002 Chevrolet pickup truck with the license plate X946799 during their search.  

Wiley said Janis will be charged with first-degree rape, false imprisonment with a dangerous weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm and second-degree battery and was booked into the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office. 

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