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Police: Joliet man raped woman, shot her with BB gun


Bryson Barefield

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Updated: August 4, 2011 2:02PM

A 27-year-old Joliet man is facing criminal charges after raping woman in her Joliet motel room and shooting her with a BB gun, police said.

Bryson Barefield has been charged with criminal sexual assault, aggravated battery and damage to property. Joliet Deputy Police Chief Michael Trafton said Barefield met his victim through an acquaintance Tuesday.

Early the next morning, Trafton said, Barefield forced his way into the woman’s room at the Star Inn in the 2200 block of West Jefferson St. He sexually assaulted her, Trafton said, and shot her in the foot with a BB gun.

Then, Trafton said, Barefield dragged the victim by her hair into the motel’s parking lot. He was caught doing so by surveillance cameras, Trafton said.

The victim identified Barefield as her attacker, Trafton said, and he was taken into custody at 5:45 a.m.

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