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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local man is behind bars, accused of raping a woman he reached out to online.

The victim told investigators Roy Harvey sent her a message after she posted that she was bored on Facebook. She agreed to meet Harvey, but when he arrived there was another man with him.

The three were caught on camera at the Q Mart on Getwell near Elliston before heading to the 3700 block of Park Lake Drive, authorities said. That's when Harvey reportedly jumped in the backseat, placed the victim in a chokehold and raped her.

The second man also took part in the crime, the victim said.

Afterwards, the suspects allegedly grabbed her cellphone, shoes and $15 in cash and kicked her out of the car.

Harvey was eventually arrested and charged with aggravated rape and robbery.

Court records show he has a long criminal history. He was arrested back in June for threatening to kill and ex-girlfriend and vandalizing her home, but the case was dismissed.

The second suspect has not been identified.

Victim advocates say never agree to meet a stranger alone and say if you have been a victim of a sexual assault, contact the Rape Crisis Center at (901) 222-4350.

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