A local man is being held in the Macon County Jail this week in connection with a possible rape that occurred over the weekend.

According to Detective Donnie Crawford, of the Macon County Sheriffs Department, he was called to the emergency room at MCGH on Saturday, November 5th, to investigate a allegedly rape incident. “During the investigation,” Detective Crawford stated, “I learned that Norman Shawn Towe, was the suspect. Upon obtaining an arrest warrant for the subject that I am familiar with, I headed to 10 Garden Drive to pick him up, when I met his vehicle while in route. Upon turning around, I attempted to stop the 34-year-old man, who turned onto Akersville Road. He abandoned the Mercury Sable he was driving and took off running. I hollered at the on duty city police officers and requested help to catch Towe.”

The Lafayette Police Department received a dispatch to assist the Macon County Sheriffs Department at Akersville and Porter Road, where they had a rape suspect running on foot.

“We were called to assist in the chase,” said Officer ReJena Parker, of the Lafayette Police Department, “myself along with St. J.J. Ruiz & Brassy, Sgt. Jeff Tucker and Chief Amalifitano, who was actually off duty. We set up a perimeter and the canine immediately started to track.”

“Some stayed in their patrol cars, while others parked and walked,” explained Officer Parker, “with Brassy picking up the scent and leading officers to Sue Ann Lane where the subject was located in the bed of a pick up truck.”

Towe was arrested and transported to the Macon County Jail where he was charged with rape and evading arrest. Other officers from the Sheriffs Department who were involved in the chase besides Detective Crawford were Kyle Petty, Kimball Hall and Ron Smith.