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Man charged with 1987 rape

Willie Strickland (Photo Source: SCSO) Willie Strickland (Photo Source: SCSO)

Willie Strickland was arrested over the weekend for a crime police say he committed almost 30 years ago.

Alrie David Bulliner says Strickland lived with him for about a month in 2011.

Bulliner said that he wasn't too shocked about the allegations against Strickland.

Bulliner says he hollered at women who passed by the house.

"I didn't see him much, except at night. He went and bought his own food, made it, visited over here in Orange Mound quite a bit," said Bulliner.

Police say he was indicted Monday on three counts of aggravated rape and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that took place on May 29, 1987.

Court documents show that the victim was under 13 years old.

Deborah Clubb with the Memphis Area Woman's Council says this arrest is a sign of progress for those who continue to fight for justice.

"Even if we don't know whether it's specific to one of the old rape kits that's gone to the lab and come back. To see somebody with this many really awful charges, a record like this of treating women and girls in such a horrible way. We need those people away from us and we need to (sic) system to work in getting them away from us," said Clubb.

She is referring to Strickland's laundry list of charges including robbery, aggravated assault, theft of property and promoting prostitution.

Strickland is charged with three counts of aggravated rape and kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault, theft of property and prostitution.

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