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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Summertown Man Arrested In Mount Pleasant Rape Case

   Police officials report that a Summertown man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a recent rape that occurred in neighboring Mount Pleasant.

   Maury County law enforcement officials indicate that Michael Burns, age 50, of Highway 20, Summertown, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at his place of employment in Columbia.

   Authorities report that DNA evidence collected at the scene of a rape that occurred on June 23, inside the City of Mount Pleasant, was processed through the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab. A registered sex offender, Burns was quickly identified as the rapist.

   The victim, 55, reported to officers that she had been alone, sleeping when a man armed with a kitchen knife broke in through a bedroom window, awakened and assaulted her.

   Burns is suspected of having committed a second recent rape in Maury County. That attack took place on June 13, around seven miles south of the Mount Pleasant city limits. There, the victim also reported being awakened in the early hours by an armed assailant.

   Authorities indicate that the victims gave similar descriptions of their attacker. They are currently awaiting results of a DNA test to determine whether Burns will be charged in the second crime, as well.

            Burns was jailed at the Maury County Jail under one count of aggravated assault, one count of especially aggravated burglary and one count of aggravated sexual battery. He was incarcerated in lieu of a $65,000 bond.

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