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Crime & Courts

July 30, 2013

Neosho man being held on rape, assault charges

NEOSHO, Mo. — A 38-year-old suspect is being held on charges that he beat and raped a woman a week ago in Neosho.

Tomico S. Mims is accused of preventing a female acquaintance from leaving his residence at 812 W. Patterson St. about 6 a.m. on July 23 and sexually assaulting her.

Mims, who was arrested late last week, made an initial appearance Tuesday in Newton County Circuit Court. He was provided an application to get a public defender assigned to his case.

Mims is charged with forcible rape and felonious restraint, and is being held at the Newton County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

Police were called to Freeman Neosho Hospital about five hours after the assault when the woman sought treatment at the emergency room for injuries. A search warrant was served at Mims’ home the following day and evidence was seized, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

He is accused of grabbing her by her hair when she tried to leave his residence and forcing her into a bedroom. He then began punching her in the face and threw her to the floor, telling her that the only way she was going to get out of his house was by having sex with him, the affidavit states.

 

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