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An Auburn man is facing multiple felony charges after he allegedly assaulted a woman for refusing his sexual advances.

On Friday around 4:05 a.m., the Auburn Police Department responded to a reported assault in the area of Clymer Street and Westwood Drive. Officers said they found a 24-year-old female, who said she had been punched in the face and head repeatedly by Brandon Tape, 28, of 5 Parsons Street. She told officers she had refused his sexual advances.

The woman suffered swelling to her head and a swollen black eye, according to a release. Members of the Auburn Fire Department initially treated her, and then she was transported to Auburn Community Hospital. 

Officers caught up with Tape a short time later and initiated a traffic stop. Tape was removed from his vehicle and police did a pat down search. Officers found Tape in possession of a loaded .380 caliber handgun in his jacket's chest pocket. Police said there was a live round in the chamber of the gun, and several live rounds found in the magazine inside the gun. The serial number of the gun was partially defaced as well. 

Police charged tape with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class C felony, and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony. Tape was also charged with three misdemeanors including forcible touching, third-degree assault and third-degree aggravated unlicensed operator.

Tape was arraigned Friday in Auburn City Court. He was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing 1 p.m. on March 2.

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