Atmore man allegedly tries to drown pregnant woman

Published 6:09 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2017

An Atmore man is charged with allegedly trying to drown a pregnant woman and her unborn child earlier this month.


Chief Deputy Mike Lambert with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that 30-year-old Daniel Ray Rayborn is charged with two counts of attempted murder, first-degree possession of marijuana and first-degree criminal mischief following the July 7 incident.

Lambert said a passerby happened upon the incident as it unfolded.

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“They came across the bridge on Railroad Street at Perdido Creek when they witnessed a pregnant female, bleeding from the face, and (Rayborn) exiting a truck at the creek,” Lambert said.

That’s when the motorist allegedly saw Rayborn throw the woman into the creek, holding her head under the water in what appeared to be an attempt to drown her.

“The passerby then shouted at (Rayborn) who released her, ran to his truck and attempted to leave,” he said.

Lambert said Rayborn’s vehicle struck the other motorist’s vehicle before fleeing.

Law enforcement responded after the woman was taken to the hospital.

Rayborn was later located by deputies and booked into the Escambia County Detention Center under a $250,000 bond. He is now charged with violation of probation and remains in the county jail.