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MAN JAILED IN RAPE OF LOCKPORT WOMAN

A Town of Tonawanda man was in Niagara County Jail on Thursday after not posting $50,000 bail on charges of raping a 41-year-old Robinson Road woman on Wednesday in the Town of Lockport.

Willie Clark, 34, of Blackmore Street, was charged with first-degree rape, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and second-degree kidnapping Thursday afternoon.

Town Justice Wesley F. Arnold set bail at Clark's arraignment.

Investigators said Clark forced his way into the woman's home about 1 p.m. Wednesday, raped her and then drove her to the Tops supermarket on South Transit Road, where he tried to make her withdraw money from the M&T Bank branch inside the store.

But the woman was able to get help, and Clark fled the scene on foot shortly before 2 p.m., investigators said.

His arrest resulted from a six-hour manhunt during which sheriff's deputies, state police, Lockport police and a bloodhound searched for Clark.

Deputies investigated a 2:10 p.m. incident in which a man matching the description of the rapist knocked on the door of a Locust Street Extension home but fled when the woman occupant fought him off as he tried to get inside.

Clark was captured at 8 p.m. when Investigator John Koelle found him inside the back hall of a Glendale Drive home after a passing motorist reported seeing a man going between houses in the area, investigators said.

Both of the women were treated in Lockport Memorial Hospital.

Clark initially refused to give his identity, investigators said. He was charged with second-degree criminal impersonation for failing to give proper identification to officers in the Glendale Drive burglary case.

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