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Police arrest St. George man in rape

A St. George man has been arrested in the rape of a 63-year-old woman at a Mesquite, Nev., casino parking lot.

The man, 47, was arrested Saturday for investigation of kidnapping and sexual assault.The woman was attacked at 2 a.m. Jan. 23 in the parking lot of the Rancho Mesquite Casino. Her car was hit by another car. When she went to look at the damage, a man overpowered and raped her in her front seat.

Mesquite police Chief Michael Murphy said officers began investigating the man following a telephone tip.

The suspect, who previously lived in Mesquite, was sentenced in 1994 to a year in jail after he pleaded guilty to open and gross lewdness, a misdemeanor, according to Nevada District Court records.