Man Arrested, Charged in Battle Creek Rape Case
A 31-year-old man was arraigned Tuesday afternoon on a charge of 1st-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct after allegedly raping a 16-year-old teen at gunpoint in Battle Creek.
Investigators say that Allen French, who was also charged with kidnapping, had come out of a wooded area near Collier and Steuben avenues in Bedford Township after the female victim had got off the bus Monday afternoon. Authorities learned that French held a handgun and had taken the teen back into the woods where the assault occurred. The teen went home and called authorities.
The description of evidence from the victim helped officers arrest French a short time later.
He returns to court for a preliminary hearing June 13th. The investigation of the case continues.