Metro man arrested after allegedly attacking, raping and holding 69-year-old woman at knife point

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OKLAHOMA CITY – A metro man is behind bars after allegedly attacking, raping and holding a 69-year-old woman at knife point in her own home. It happened Monday afternoon near NE 23rd and Prospect.

"I have been through something like this, as well. But, for my mom to go through this, I'm still trying to come to terms with it myself,” the victim’s daughter told News 4.

Her mother was brutally raped several times by 33-year-old Rodney Arnold. He was caught on camera by the victims’ family, smirking while being arrested.

"When I got here, they already had him in the back of the police car and they had her in the car, questioning her,” she said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, after Arnold offered to help the victim carry furniture to her home, he followed the victim inside even though she asked him to wait outside. He then pinned her to the floor while holding a knife and demanded the victim “give him sex.” He then threatened her and said, “I will cut you and stab you to death.”

"She walks this neighborhood going to the bus when we can't come and pick her up. For him to have done this to her, he had to have been following her,” the victim’s daughter said.

"Any mothers, parents out there, do not allow somebody you don't know to help you,” the victim’s grandson said.

Arnold is currently on probation after being released from prison where he was serving time for several violent crimes, including assault on a police officer.

"For him to do that to her, she's a kind woman. She'd do anything that she can for anybody,” the daughter said. "That's my heart. I would die for that one.”

Arnold was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail on several charges including kidnapping, assault and battery and rape.

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