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Man accused of raping grandmother in front of children has criminal history

McGowan in court (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5) McGowan in court (SOURCE: WMC Action News 5)

For a little over a month, a man has been on the run from police. Law enforcement officials said he raped a woman while her grandson slept next to her.

According to Memphis Police Department, Larry D. McGowan, 33, was caught on a surveillance video in June walking naked through an apartment complex after he was accused of raping one of the residents.

McGowan was arrested on Wednesday and charged with two counts of aggravated burglary and two counts of aggravated rape. The victim and witnesses in the case identified McGowan in a photo line up.

According to the victim, McGowan broke into her home in the 3300 block of Steve Road on June 27 while naked. He entered through a bedroom window while the woman was sleeping. Her grandson was asleep next to her and her daughter and another individual were sleeping in another room. 

The victim said the man, later identified as McGowan, kept his hand behind his back like he had a gun. She said he threatened to shoot her if she screamed.

She said he raped her and while he was raping her, the young grandson woke up from sleeping. 

McGowan then took the victim and the grandson in the room where the victim's daughter and the other individual were sleeping. He ordered the other two people to remove their clothes, but they refused. 

After a heated exchange of words between the witnesses and McGowan, he ran from the scene. 

McGowan faced a judge on Thursday. Judge Gerald Skahan raised his bond from $250,000 to $500,000. 

"It really scares me, because I have three little grandkids, little girls playing in these apartments all the time," Dina Phillips said.

Neighbors were just receiving the news Thursday about what happened at the apartment complex. Residents in the area said they wish someone would have notified them about the crimes earlier for their own safety.

"If something like that happens over here somebody should notify us," Phillips said. 

Phillips said the incident now has residents concerned for their safety.

"If it's a man walking around here naked, raping people, you don't want to let your kids outside," Phillips said. "You don't want to be outside."

Thursday's court appearance was not the first time McGowan has faced a judge. 

Prosecutors told Judge Skahan that McGowan has a criminal history of drugs and domestic assault. It was then that the judge raised his bond and appointed him a public defender. 

McGowan is scheduled to be back in court September 15.

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