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    Police arrest rape suspect found in parolee’s home


    A 30-year-old man who was wanted for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman was arrested after the police found him hiding in a parolee’s house.

    The parolee has been charged with concealing a fugitive and obstructing justice.

    Demarcus L. Woods was arrested March 22 for the alleged rape of a 28-year-old woman Nov. 16.

    The victim, a former acquaintance of Woods, told police she was walking past his house in the 1600 block of North Woodford Street about 1:45 a.m., when Woods greeted her, according to a sworn statement by a Decatur police officer.

    After a short conversation, Woods pulled her behind a garage and asked her to have sex with him. When she refused, he removed her clothes and raped her. The woman told police she repeatedly told Woods to stop.

    After police detectives conducted an investigation, an arrest warrant was issued Jan. 7.

    Two months later, police received an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers that Woods was staying at the home of his friend, Marcellus Jarrett, in the 900 block of East Prairie Avenue. Several U.S. Marshals and two Department of Corrections parole officers arrived at Jarrett’s house about 9 a.m. March 22.

    Jarrett had been released from prison on parole Jan. 13, after serving a 10-year sentence for criminal sexual assault for which he was arrested in July 2001.

    When law enforcement officers questioned Jarrett, he said he was alone in the home, except for his aunt. Officers then found a 26-year-old woman in his bedroom, Sheneka Pirtle, who was wanted by police on an outstanding warrant for aggravated driving under the influence.

    The officers then found Woods hiding in the basement of the house.

    All three suspects were arrested and booked into the Macon County Jail.

    Woods, who is free after posting $2,500 cash bail, is due in circuit court Tuesday for a preliminary hearing. He is facing one count of criminal sexual assault, punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

    Jarrett, who was being held in jail on $15,000 bond, is charged with concealing a fugitive and obstructing justice, both felonies carrying possible sentences of one to three years in prison. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for April 13.

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