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Rape suspect: 'I didn't mean to hurt her'

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James Arthur Ramsey III was charged with rape, robbery and false imprisonment Wednesday.  He was denied bond, and his next court appearance will be Feb. 11.

In his own words, while leaving the Clayton County Police Department Tuesday, Ramsey admitted to police and CBS Atlanta's Mike Paluska he was sorry for raping a Jonesboro woman in her home early Sunday morning.

"Sorry for what happened, I didn't mean to hurt her. I hope she forgives me," Ramsey said as officers escorted him to a patrol car to be transferred to the Clayton County Jail.

"He did admit to those crimes, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, false imprisonment and burglary," Clayton County police Maj. Johnny Robinson said. "These are very, very, serious crimes. We are glad to have him off the streets."

Investigators said the U.S. Marshals Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, with the help of multiple agencies, apprehended Ramsey without incident in downtown Atlanta.

Investigators said he could be connected to other crimes.

"We are looking at other rapes that fit the description of him and  same types of crimes and MO to see if he does tie into other rapes," Robinson said. "At this point, he is a suspect of other rapes."

Robinson said Ramsey would target his victim first then strike when he saw an opportunity.

Ramsey's method, according to Robinson, was to rape and then commit burglaries at the home. In the Sunday morning crime that took place just after 2:30 a.m., the victim was attacked and then police said Ramsey stole her TV.

Paluska asked Ramsey if he was connected to other rapes in the area.

"No sir," Ramsey responded as he ducked his head into the patrol car and was driven to jail.

Police also said Ramsey offered to write a letter of apology to the victim for his actions.

"She (the victim) actually will have the opportunity to see it if she wants to, but a crime like this, this letter won't do any justice for the victim," Robinson said.

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