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Authorities arrest man on rape, armed robbery charges

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Jason Bernard Cole (Source: Lauderdale Co. Detention Ctr.) Jason Bernard Cole (Source: Lauderdale Co. Detention Ctr.)
FLORENCE, AL (WAFF) - A man is facing several charges including rape, following an armed robbery in Florence. 

Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of July 2 at a residence on Edgewood Drive. 

A man and woman told officers that a man threatened them with a handgun, repeatedly slapped the male victim, and at one point, fired the gun at the victims striking a nearby wall. 

According to investigators, the robbery lasted several hours during with the offender allegedly sexually assaulted the woman. Police said the offender left for a short time. The victims were able to escape the residence and call police. 

Authorities arrested Jason Bernard Cole on charges of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree robbery and third-degree assault. Police said additional charges are pending. 

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