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Suspect in attempted rape and robbery in Tarrant found hiding in pawn shop, arrested (Exclusive video)

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TARRANT, Ala. -- A 22-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after allegedly attempting to rape a teen and twice rob a Tarrant pawn shop, police said.

Joseph Collins, who has an extensive criminal history of various violent crimes, is charged with two counts of first-degree burglary and kidnapping and one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance.

According to police, Collins began his night of alleged transgressions at Scott's Jewelry and Pawn, where he tried breaking into the store before fleeing the scene on foot after a security alarm was set off.

A short time later, the suspect stormed into a nearby home and held a 13-year-old girl at gunpoint. Authorities believe he intended to rape the teen, but when the victim told Collins she didn't have a condom he chose to rob her of a cell phone and TV instead.

Collins left the home, hiding the stolen television and his pistol in the area before returning to the pawn shop for a second robbery attempt. Once again, a security alarm was set off, prompting nearby police to respond to the store and request backup from Jefferson County sheriff's deputies.

Upon arriving, authorities surrounded the location, setting up a perimeter then entered the business to investigate further. Moments later, police found Collins on the second floor, hiding under insulation and in possession of several stolen guns. He was taken into custody without further incident and booked into the Tarrant City Jail.

ABC 33/40 has since obtained exclusive video of Collins -- who appeared cool, calm and collected Friday afternoon despite his new, large collection of felony charges that had just been filed against him -- beginning his transfer to the Jefferson County Jail, where he is being held on bonds totaling over $200,000.

Watch reporter Cory McGinnis' full report on this story above or click here.

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