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Bloomington man arrested on rape charges after reportedly pushing woman out of wheelchair

Police arrested a Bloomington man Sunday night after a woman told them he sexually assaulted her.

The 24-year-old woman, who uses a wheelchair, reported that Austin S. Bishop, 20, came to her home for a visit Sunday. The woman told police she knew Bishop before the incident.

When she let him in, Bishop allegedly told her to undress while threatening her with a knife.

She told police Bishop knocked her wheelchair over before pinning her to the ground and assaulting her.

The woman was left with visible injuries that may have been from when she fell off the wheelchair, police said.

Bishop told police the incident took place because he forgot to take his medication for a mental illness. He told a family member about the incident, and this person reported it to police.

Bishop was booked into Monroe County Jail around midnight on preliminary charges of rape, criminal confinement and sexual battery.

The sexual battery charges were added Monday. BPD Sgt. Ryan Pedigo said he does not know exactly why the charges were added but thinks it may be from when Bishop touched the victim’s breast.

Christine Fernando

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