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Man arrested in 2017 GSU rape
Police: Victim said suspect held her down, put his hands on her throat
Markayle Devunye Frost
Markayle Devunye Frost

Georgia Southern University police took a man into custody Monday, charging him with a rape that was reported almost a year ago.

Markayle Devunye Frost of Warner Robins was booked into the Bulloch County Jail on Monday after being arrested in Savannah by Savannah police, GSU police reports stated.

Frost, 25, is charged with strong-arm rape stemming from an incident that allegedly took place at University Villas on the GSU campus April 30, 2017.

According to reports, the 25-year-old female residential student had a celebration at Midtown Bar and Grill the night before because she had joined a sorority. She had invited her childhood friend, Frost, but he could not attend due to work.

However, he arrived at her home later that night, she told police. The victim said she had been drinking at her celebration and told police in initial conversations as well as a follow-up on May 1 that she and Frost has been drinking and smoking marijuana. She also said she had taken Benadryl for a headache, reports said.

When GSU police Officer Michael Clanton responded to a sick person call around 12:44 p.m. 

April 30, the victim told him she had been sexually assaulted. He took her to the University Police Department, where she described what happened.

She said she had fallen asleep and awoke at 3 a.m. April 30 to find Frost "feeling on" her. She said she told him to stop, but he did not, using his weight to hold her down and placing his hands on her throat.

She told officers Frost told her "not to worry, that he had been tested" for sexually transmitted diseases, reports said. Afterward, when the victim was crying, Frost  tried to calm her down, but left when he could not, telling her "I love you," according to reports.

Officers collected evidence at the scene, including the victim's clothing she said Frost tried to wipe clean with his own hoodie.

After the interview, the victim was taken to the Teal House in Statesboro, a sexual assault center where specially trained nurses and counselors help victims of sexual assault incidents.

After his apprehension in Savannah on Monday, Frost was taken to the Bulloch County Jail, where he remains without bond, awaiting further court hearings.

Herald reporter Holli Deal Saxon may be reached at (912) 489-9414.

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