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Memphis man charged with raping & kidnapping parole officer makes first court appearance

31-year-old Antonio Taylor faces several charges including rape, kidnapping, and assault.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 6/21/2021 - Antonio Taylor's first court appearance was Monday, June 21. It was continued and he is due back in court on Wednesday.

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6/19/2021 - A man accused of raping and kidnapping a parole officer is behind bars.

In a Facebook post, Memphis Police said a woman - a federal employee - was raped and held against her will Thursday night in the 3800 block of South Advantage Drive. That’s just north of the Wolf River near Stage James Road.

According to the police affidavit, police said Taylor overpowers the victim -a federal parole officer who was on a probation and parole check. Investigators said Taylor took her gun, held her at gunpoint, strangled her, beat her, and repeatedly raped her.

 She was eventually able to escape and call for help.

Investigators said Friday, 31-year-old Antonio Taylor was arrested on North Advantage Way. He is charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated assault, convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, and theft of property. 

Criminal Assault 3800 block of S. Advantage Drive Report #2106007233ME MEMPHIS, TN - On Thursday, June 17, 2021,...

Posted by Memphis Police Department est.1827 on Friday, June 18, 2021