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      Gadsden man arrested on 1st-degree rape charges for alleged sexual assault at Talladega campground

      Jimenez Miguel Pedro is charged with two counts of first-degree rape in connection with an alleged sexual assault at a Talladega campground early Sunday morning, May 4, 2014.
      TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say a Gadsden man is charged in an alleged sexual assault at a campground outside the Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega sheriff's Sgt. Bill Kennedy says campers staying near the track heard noises in the pre-dawn hours before Sunday's NASCAR race. Thousands of people camp near the track during race weekends. Kennedy says the campers checked out what was going on and began chasing a man. They captured a man and held him until officers arrived. Kennedy says 22-year-old Jimenez Miguel Pedro of Gadsden is charged with rape. He's being held in the Talladega jail with bond set at $250,000. Records show Pedro doesn't have a defense attorney yet. The officer says the alleged victim was taken to a care center at the speedway and then a hospital in Birmingham.
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