UPDATE: Man arraigned in sexual assault of elderly Harrison County woman

Friday, March 9, 2012 - 2:01pm

HARRISON COUNTY — Bradley Gary-Joe Varnell has been arraigned on the charges of sexual assault of the elderly, attempting to take a weapon from a law enforcement official, and evading arrest.

The bond for these offenses was set by Judge Meisenheimer at $310,000.

Varnell will also face an additional charge of violation of parole. That charge should be filed within the day. There will be no bond set for it.

Varnell is currently being held in the Harrison County Jail.


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Harrison County 911 operators received a call at approximately 4:30 AM regarding a sexual assault that had just occurred on Hwy 134 close to the intersection of FM 1793.

Deputies arrived at the location and found the victim to be a 72 year old white female that stated she was awaken by a white male who had entered her house. He was standing at her bed and was holding a knife demanding to have sex with her. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim called 911 and was taken to Good Shepherd hospital for an examination. Deputies had a description of a white male 25-30 years old with a bald head and that he fled toward Hwy 134.

At approximately 7:30 AM Lt. Floyd Duncan was driving on South on Blackjack Rd. and observed a white male walking on the roadway who matched the general description of the suspect. He stopped to identify and speak with the person. The person stated his vehicle had broken down and was walking to his residence on Swendson Rd. and Blackjack Rd. Lt Duncan asked the person for an ID and to get in his vehicle. The person then became very agitated and began to fight with the Deputy as he was attempting to take him into custody. The suspect broke free from Lt. Duncan and ran into a wooded area.

The suspect was able to get back to his vehicle and flee. Another Deputy coming to the location for assistance observed a maroon pickup truck driving East on Swendson Rd. He then attempted to stop the vehicle; however, he fled from that Deputy and drove into a road ditch. He jumped from the truck and ran back into the woods to the East of Blackjack Rd. Numerous responding units were able to seal off the roadways and establish a perimeter.

A search was begun with the assistance of Harrison County K-9 units and the Shreveport Fire Department bloodhound team. Deputies were able to establish a location of the suspect after the K-9 units traced his route through the woods.

Deputies found the suspect in a home on Forbes Pit Rd., approximately 1 ½ miles from the original location where he was stopped by Lt. Duncan at approximately 11:55 AM. The suspect, Bradley Gary-Joe Varnell, W/M/3-1-1982, was arrested and transported to the Harrison County Jail for questioning regarding the sexual assault.

The suspect is a registered sex offender and was current on his registration. His original sexual offense occurred in Louisiana

Information from Harrison County Sheriff's Office

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