Visalia police arrest man accused of rape behind Walmart

William Huston Bickford, 50, is seen in this booking photo. (Visalia Police Department)

Authorities have arrested a man who allegedly raped a person behind a Walmart store in Visalia. The suspect was identified as 50-year-old William Huston Bickford.

Visalia police say they responded to the Walmart on Mooney Boulevard near Caldwell Avenue shortly before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday regarding a rape that had occurred behind the store. Officers arrived, spoke with the victim and started looking for the suspect.

A few minutes later, police say they located Bickford -- who matched the description of the suspect -- nearby at Caldwell Avenue and Divisadero Street. They say the victim positively identified the suspect. Bickford was arrested and booked into jail on suspicion of rape.
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