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Posted: Thursday, September 10, 1998 1:00 am | Updated: 9:43 am, Fri Apr 25, 2014.

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) -- A Peoria man once hailed as a hero for stopping an attempted rape has been charged with raping, beating, and cutting a woman himself.

Marvin Wyatt, 27, was arrested Wednesday on charges of aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated battery for an alleged attack last weekend, Peoria County Sheriff Charles Schofield said in a prepared statement.

Six years ago, Wyatt was credited with chasing, then tackling a homeless man who tried to rape an 18-year-old woman in Peoria.

The homeless man, Richard Murrall of Peoria, later pleaded guilty to an attempted rape charge and was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

``The woman needed my help and I never would leave somebody who needed help,'' Wyatt told Peoria's Journal Star in 1993.

Wyatt was honored in 1993 by the Optimist Club of Peoria and the Peoria Police Department for his role in stopping the attempted rape.

The victim in last weekend's attack, a 20-year-old Peoria woman, was taken to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center after she was found naked and curled up against a barbed-wire fence, Peoria County sheriff's reports said.

She appeared to be in shock and had a gash that was 10 inches long and 1 1/2 inches deep on her lower back, sheriff's reports said.

Her injuries were not considered life-threatening, sheriff's officials said.

Hospital officials would not release the woman's condition late Wednesday.

The woman told sheriff's deputies that she was at a store Friday when Wyatt offered her a car ride, police said.

``She knew him,'' Sheriff's Capt. Joe Needham said.

The woman was driven to an undisclosed location, where she was raped, attacked and cut with an unidentified instrument, reports said.

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