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Major Crimes Unit Arrest Suspect in Kidnapping and Rape Case


Huntsville, Alabama (July 18, 2007) Investigator David Owens with the Huntsville Police Departmentís Major Crimes Unit has arrested 44-year-old Stephen G. Bunyard (AKA: Melvin Knight) of Huntsville and charged him with Kidnapping 1st degree, Sodomy 1st degree and Robbery 1st degree.


Spokesman Wendell Johnson said the cold case is from 2004, where Bunyard allegedly abducted and sexually assaulted a 65-year-old woman, then forced her to drive to an ATM to retrieve money. Other charges are pending against Bunyard from a case in 2005. He is also wanted in Austin, Texas for Violation of Parole. Johnson said Bunyard is being held in the Madison County Metro Jail.