New York man charged in Rockdale rape

CONYERS -- A man suspected in the rape of an acquaintance was arrested in New York City after he was tracked down by the U.S. Marshals Service with assistance from the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office.

Hayden Ian Lewis, 48, of New York, was arrested in late September, extradited to Rockdale County and booked into the Rockdale County Jail on Sept. 25. He has been charged with rape, false imprisonment and aggravated assault in connection with an Aug. 16 incident while he was visiting from New York. Officials said Lewis previously lived in Rockdale County.

According to the initial incident report, Lewis and the victim became involved in an argument at the victim's home on the morning of Aug. 16 because he wanted to borrow the victim's car and she wouldn't let him. Lewis allegedly first locked the victim in a bedroom where they fought and Lewis allegedly choked her.

The victim was able to get out of the bedroom and Lewis then wanted her to go to the basement with him so they could talk. The victim told the RCSO that she didn't want to go to the basement because she knew no one would hear her if she screamed. The suspect reportedly dragged the victim down the basement stairs, pulling off her jeans and underwear in the process. The suspect reportedly asked for sex and when the victim said no, he allegedly raped her.

The suspect reportedly locked the victim in the basement where she was found by another person who lived at the house when they returned home at about 12:30 p.m.

The RCSO was notified, and when a deputy arrived at the house Lewis was reportedly running away across a golf course.

Investigator Michael Camp said the RCSO worked with the Marshals Service to locate the suspect in New York.

"We found a few addresses for him up there and relayed that to them, and they were able to find him and make an arrest," Camp said.