2 good Samaritans stopped man raping 60-year-old woman in public, deputies say

The suspect reportedly told authorities the woman 'wanted him'

Two good Samaritans interrupted a man committing a rape in a New Orleans suburb last week and stopped the act, authorities said. 

The victim, a 60-year-old woman, told authorities she was walking Oct. 15 on a street in Terrytown when a passerby lifted her skirt and knocked her to the ground, The Times-Picayune reported. 

The man, identified as Celius Gray, 28, allegedly began raping her by the roadside.

Celius Gray, 28, is charged with raping a 60-year-old woman.

Celius Gray, 28, is charged with raping a 60-year-old woman. (Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office)

Two men witnessed the attack and intervened by pulling Gray off the woman, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said. 

Gray reportedly ran as sheriff's deputies arrived but was caught after a brief chase. He allegedly told investigators the woman "wanted him" before admitting she resisted and pulled his hair to get him off her.

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He is charged with first-degree rape, theft of less than $1,000 and resisting arrest by refusing to identify himself, according to jail records. He is being held on $501,000 bond.