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Colonie Police: Albany man faces sex abuse, assault counts in case; Woman found beaten in Saratoga County

Wayne M. Rhodes. Credit: Inset, Colonie Police; Background, File

Wayne M. Rhodes. Credit: Inset, Colonie Police; Background, File

Categories: News, Saratoga County

COLONIE – An Albany man has been arrested, and is accused of sexually abusing and assaulting a woman he later drove to her home and then refused to give her her clothes, according to Colonie Police.

The woman was brought to Saratoga County beaten and naked, then identified her attacker, who she knew, police said.

Wayne M. Rhodes, 51, of Albany, was arrested Friday and charged with first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree unlawful imprisonment, all felonies.

The Colonie investigation began just before 1:30 a.m. Friday when Colonie Police received a call from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office that they were assisting a woman found beaten and naked in their jurisdiction, police said.

The woman provided police with the suspect’s name and the location of the assault as Colonie. The victim and suspect had a prior relationship, police said.

Rhodes is accused of striking her several times in the face, causing a fractured orbital bone and facial contusions, police said. She reported he also sexually abused her and restrained her from leaving, as well as destroyed her phone and tablet, police said.

After the attack, Rhodes took her to Saratoga County, where she made contact with authorities, police said.

The victim was taken to the hospital and interviewed by investigators, while police prepared a search warrant for Rhodes’ residence. Once police were at his residence, Rhodes did not respond to commands to exit and police soon went in, and found and arrested him just after 6:30 a.m. Friday, police said.

Rhodes was arraigned and ordered held on $20,000 bail. He is due back in court this week.

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