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Joplin Man Charged With Raping A Juvenile

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Joplin Police arrest a suspect wanted for first degree statutory rape against a juvenile.

According to court documents, 29-year-old Blaine U. Downum of Joplin spent a day with the juvenile female on or around February 25th, 2018. The juvenile later told someone that Downum had performed oral sex on her as well as had sex with her.

On April 16th, 2018, authorities found him at Leonard Park (4th and Turk Ave) in Joplin. Officers say they told him he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back. Downum ran from officers. The K9 officer yelled for Downum to stop or he would release the dog, but police say he kept running. Downum was apprehended with the assistance of the K9.

Downum was taken to jail. Jail staff found a Jimenez model "Nine" handgun which had a loaded magazine with seven 9mm rounds while inventorying the suspect's bag. Police looked into his criminal history and found that he had a felony conviction in 2014 for receiving stolen property. The law prohibits any felon from having a gun.

Prosecutors filed charges against Downum for first degree child molestation, first degree statutory rape, resisting arrest and unlawful possession of a firearm. The courts denied Downum bond.

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