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Bay Area Toll Collector Arrested on Rape Charges

Johnie Milton Burton, from Vallejo, was arrested while trying to leave his home.

By Bay City News Service

A Vallejo man was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of raping a woman after terrorizing her with a pellet gun earlier this month, a police lieutenant said.

Johnie Milton Burton, 30, was arrested as he was leaving his home
located near where the sexual assault was reported, Lt. Jim O'Connell said.

The victim had been walking in the 600 block of Laurel Street on Sept. 10 around 12:50 a.m. when a man approached her from behind and covered her mouth and nose, O'Connell said.

The suspect carried her to on a walkway connecting Laurel and Russell streets, threatened her with a semi-automatic handgun and threatened to shoot her before sexually assaulting her, O'Connell said.

Police found a semi-automatic pellet gun during a search of Burton's home, O'Connell said. Vallejo police said that the victim identified Burton as the attacker.

Burton is a toll collector at a Bay Area bridge, O'Connell said.

He was booked into the Solano County jail for rape by force, sodomy by force, kidnapping, terrorist threats and exhibiting a weapon, police said.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Raul Munoz at (707) 648-4524.

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