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Arlington woman raped by intruder, police say

Essie Billingslea was charged with aggravated rape, kidnapping, home invasion, assault and battery, and armed assault in a dwelling.

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Essie Billingslea was charged with aggravated rape, kidnapping, home invasion, assault and battery, and armed assault in a dwelling.

Arlington police arrested a Level 3 sex offender who broke into a woman’s house, beat her, raped her at knifepoint, and left her with serious injuries Sunday night, a police spokesman said.

Police arrived at the woman’s home about 8:15 p.m., moments after her friend asked police to check on her well-being, said John Guilfoil, a spokesman for Arlington police.

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The friend received some sort of “communication” saying the woman inside the house needed help, said Arlington Police Chief Frederick Ryan, who declined to describe what the communication was.

Essie L. Billingslea, 45, of Boston was leaving by the back door as police arrived, and he was caught by police after a chase, Guilfoil said.

Inside the house, police found the woman with serious injuries, Guilfoil said. She was taken to a hospital, where she remained Sunday night.

Billingslea was charged with aggravated rape, kidnapping, home invasion, assault and battery, and armed assault in a dwelling.

Police did not release the victim’s name, age, or address.

“This is a heinous crime. A woman has been viciously attacked in her home by a Level 3 sex offender with a history of violence,” Ryan said in a statement.

Billingslea was convicted of rape of a child with force in 1989, and of indecent assault and battery on child under 14 and rape and abuse of child in 1995, state records show.

Police believe he acted alone, Guilfoil said.

Billingslea’s arraignment is scheduled for Cambridge District Court on Monday morning.

Gal Tziperman Lotan can be reached at gal.lotan@globe.com.
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