The report of an unwanted person at a residence in Paragould has led to the person’s arrest for rape.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Lt. Rhonda Thomas, officers have arrested Christopher Butler, 35, no address given, on a charge of one count of rape, a Class Y felony.
According to the affidavit, the arrest took place the evening of Sept. 11 after police had responded to the unwanted person report. When officers arrived, they encountered Butler and the alleged female victim.
At that time, Butler reportedly took a large knife from his front pocket and put it into his back pocket. Officer then told him to keep his hands in sight, whereupon he reached behind him and threw the knife.
According to the affidavit, Butler then allegedly told officers he needed to go to jail because he had raped the victim. He reportedly then gave details of the rape, which the victim corroborated.
According to both Butler and the victim, the rape occurred a short distance from her home on a gravel road. According to the affidavit, the rape took place sometime between Sept. 1 and Sept. 11.
Butler is being held in the Greene County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash-only bond, conditioned upon his having no contact with the victim.