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Man who assaulted 81-year-old released day before attack for good behavior

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- WREG has just learned the 23-year-old who was arrested on Wednesday for sexually assaulting an elderly woman at a local church was just released the day before the attack.

WREG's Katie Rufener discovered Palace Bells was released from the Corrections facility for good behavior on June 30.

He had originally been sentenced for assaulting a woman on May 18 and sentenced to 90 days.

By that time table, he should have still been in jail until August.

Bells was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly attacked a woman in the Greater Imani Church parking lot during her morning workout routine.

The elderly woman was not a member of the congregation, but likes to walk in the church’s parking lot before security arrives.

“She comes before church hours. She comes early in the morning, 7:00 a.m., and she comes after church hours,” said Wilder Lee, the head of security.

About two hours after the attack, police found the suspect in the victim’s car at Stonegate Apartments.

They surrounded him and took him into custody.

Police told WREG the 81-year-old is expected to be okay physically.

Bells was charged with aggravated rape and evading arrest.