A Carthage man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl was arrested after a foot pursuit in a rain storm Wednesday morning.

A Carthage man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl was arrested after a foot pursuit in a rain storm Wednesday morning.

Carthage Police said Christopher Baird, 24, Carthage, is in custody in the Jasper County Jail on Wednesday on felony counts of first degree rape and first degree sodomy in connection with an attack that was reported on Monday.

Baird is being held on $100,000 bond.

According to a written release from the Carthage Police Department, officers contacted Baird when he returned home and a 12-minute foot chase ensued in the area of Fairview Avenue and Hazel Street in a driving rain storm.

Police said one Carthage Patrol vehicle was slightly damaged when the vehicle slid off the street and into a privacy fence while trying to turn to catch up with officers in the pursuit.

Police said the slick, wet pavement caused the vehicle to slide.

According to a sworn statement by CPD Det. Steve Norman, filed with the court in support of the charges, Norman conducted a forensic interview with the victim at the Children's Center in Joplin.

The victim told police she had been introduced to Baird in August 2016 and Baird had asked her to hang out.

A few days after she first met him, she agreed to go to his home and was told a friend was in a bedroom in the home.

The police statement said the victim went to the bedroom, the friend was not there, and the victim told police Baird proceeded to attack her.

The victim told police that, after the attack, Baird told her not to tell anyone because he was on parole and could get in trouble.

Norman said in his statement that Baird was currently on five years parole after pleading guilty to second degree burglary in 2012.