• Claremore man convicted in rape, kidnapping case

    By: Sara Hart


    Story Highlights

    • A woman said a Claremore man broke into her home and raped her.
    • Police arrested Julian Watson.
    • Watson faces a number of charges.

    CLAREMORE, Okla. - UPDATE: A judge sentenced Julian Watson to 35 years in prison with a chance at parole after 25-26 years on Dec. 4, 2018. He is convicted on two counts of rape in the first degree, one count of second-degree robbery, one count of assault while masked, and one count of second-degree burglary.

    Original Story

    Police say they have a man in custody after he reportedly raped a woman in Claremore.

    Investigators say the victim told them she was home alone when she heard a noise in her living room. She reportedly said that she found the suspect in her home with a knife and wearing a mask and gloves.

    The suspect allegedly tied up the woman and then raped her.

    The woman reportedly told investigators that the suspect threatened to kill her if she called police. Then, he allegedly took some of her property and left.

    Police say the woman was able to identify Julian Watson as the suspect from a photo lineup.

    Watson was arrested, and he allegedly told police he broke into the victim's home when she wasn't home on New Year's Eve and stole more than $50 from the home. Then, he allegedly told police that he returned to the victim's home the next day and had a sexual encounter with the woman, scared her, held her at knife point and threatened her, but reports show that he claimed that the sexual encounter was consensual.

    Watson faces a first degree rape charge, a second degree robbery charge, a second degree burglary charge and a kidnapping charge.

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