NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 43-year-old Nashville man was charged Thursday in the rape of a 22-year-old Gallatin woman.
Lamont Starnes is accused of raping the woman on Patterson Street early Sunday just before 2 a.m.
Metro police said the victim was walking in the 1900 block when she was suddenly grabbed from behind.
She told authorities the suspect first asked for money, and when she said she didn’t have any, he forced her into nearby bushes and raped her.
Police were called by a passing driver who saw the woman running and screaming for help.
Investigators said during their investigation, they found a medical bracelet with Starnes’ name and date of birth. He was then identified by the victim in a photo lineup.
According to a news release, Starnes was arrested around 3:20 a.m. Thursday in relation to another case in which he’s accused of stealing $10 from a 29-year-old woman with whom he was walking.
The woman in that case told police officers Starnes grabbed her around the neck and forced into an abandoned house on 14th Avenue North before taking her money.
Metro police spotted Starnes near the corner of Cockrill Street and 17th Avenue North and took him into custody.
He has several prior convictions of aggravated rape, facilitation of robbery, felony cocaine possession and vandalism.
Starnes is being held in the Metro jail without bond pending a hearing.
Investigators are looking into whether the 43-year-old’s his potential involvement in other sexual assaults.
Anyone with information about Starnes and his other potential recent criminal activity is urged to contact the MNPD’s Sex Crimes Unit at 615-862-7540.