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Norfolk man accused of binding, gagging and raping woman

Beau Major, 51, is accused of binding, gagging and raping his neighbor on April 26, 2017. (Courtesy of the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office)

NORFOLK — A 51-year-old man is facing felony charges after a woman told police that he bound, gagged and raped her in his Norfolk home.

Beau Major, of the 2000 block of Parkview Avenue, was charged with rape, abduction and two counts of forcible sodomy on May 5 after a woman told the Norfolk Police Department that he assaulted her in the early hours of April 26.

The woman said she’d been drinking wine and was tipsy when a friend dropped her off outside of her Parkview Avenue home just after midnight. She and the friend had gotten into an argument, so she decided to take a walk around the neighborhood to calm down before going home, according to documents filed in Norfolk Circuit Court.

The woman’s memories were spotty, but she remembered going inside Major’s home, sitting on a couch and drinking an alcoholic beverage that tasted bad. After that, she started to black out, leading her to believe that she’d been drugged because it was “unlike any other experience in her life,” court documents state.

The woman is familiar with Major, and said she remembered being bound and gagged and face down on a hard floor while he painfully raped and sodomized her, according to documents.

The woman said that as she drifted in and out of consciousness she was “terrified” of what her neighbor might do to her.

When the woman woke up she was naked and it was light outside. She said Major told her to get dressed and made her wash her hands and rinse her mouth with Listerine. She was still dizzy, nauseous and tremoring when he kicked her out of the house onto the street, according to court documents.

The woman had a rape kit exam done at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center. She didn’t report the attack until May 4 when she had more of her memory back, according to documents.

Police searched Major’s home on May 5, looking for the woman’s nose ring and black socks which were lost the night of the alleged attack. Inside the house they found a used condom, rope and a laptop, court documents state.

Major is scheduled to appear in Norfolk District Court on July 25. He is currently out of jail on bond.

Mayfield can be reached at adrienne.m@wydaily.com.

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