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Police: Dreadlock in man's pocket leads to arrest in rape investigation

11:33 AM, Sep 19, 2013   |    comments
Michael Ballard is accused of raping a woman in Riviera Beach. Read more:
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RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. -- A South Florida man's missing dreadlock proved to be a clue that led to his arrest in a rape investigation in Riviera Beach, police said.

Police said Ballard chased and attacked the woman in the grass near an apartment complex early Tuesday morning.

According to the police report, while the woman was trying to get away, she ripped one of Ballard's dreadlocks out of his head.

Police said they later found Ballard with the dreadlock in his pocket. He told police he cut it off, but he couldn't give a reason as to why.

Ballard admitted to having sex with the woman, but he claimed it was consensual, the report said.


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