PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man who is believed to be homeless is now behind bars, accused of grabbing a woman, pulling her into a secluded area on the North Side and raping her.
Brandon Baker, 25, is in the Allegheny County Jail, facing rape and several other charges after Pittsburgh Police arrested him late Wednesday.
Police said Baker is accused of raping a woman in a secluded vacant lot in the 1200-block of Boyle Street, and then he walked away and was arrested a short time later on Sandusky Street.
There was a brief police pursuit, before Baker was taken into custody.
Bridget Ross lives not far from the where the alleged assault took place.
“I’m glad they found the suspect, so it won’t happen to someone else,” she said.
She said she’d also feel a lot safer if there were more police patrols in the North Side neighborhood.
The victim was treated and released from Allegheny General Hospital.
No address was listed for Baker in court documents.
Several neighbors said they believed he was homeless, and at least temporarily had been staying at a homeless shelter.
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