EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSALLEGED RAPE
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Woman Details Rape And Stabbing As She Faces Her Alleged Attacker
Reported by: Kallie Cart
Videographer: Brad Rice
Web Producer: Kallie Cart
Reported: Nov. 21, 2012 6:18 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A woman faced her alleged attacker in court on Wednesday and recounted, in detail, how she says he raped her and stabbed her.
"I was begging him to stop, he said to shut up or he was going to stab me again," the victim testified.
She says Erique Harris, who smirked and waived toward her as he entered the courtroom for his preliminary hearing, lured her to the East End on November 11th. The two were once in a relationship and still talked so when he asked her to stop by on her way to work she says she did. But when she got off the bus, along Kanawha Blvd. near the 35th Street Bridge, she says she never dreamed what would happen next.
"He said, 'So what, I can't get a hug?' And I put my arm around him and I felt something go into my arm," the woman says. "I immediately looked down and I saw him with a knife and it had blood on it and I looked at him and said, 'Erique, why are you doing this?' and he stabbed me again."
By that point, she says they had walked back to the railroad tracks and she says she grabbed the knife, cutting her fingers. She then says Harris forced her on the tracks where he repeatedly raped her.
"I pulled out my phone and dialed 911 as I was getting down on the ground and hit talk and put it in back in my pocket," she says.
Police say that move may have saved her life. When she put her cell phone in her back pocket, she was still connected with Metro 911. Metro was recording and could hear the woman screaming and what was going on. Metro 911 dispatchers took the latitude and longitude from her cell phone and got the woman's general location. But they took it one step further and called the cell phone company, which they can do in emergencies or with a warrant, and were able to find her exact location on the railroad tracks.
Police arrived on scene while they say Harris and the victim were still there and arrested Harris.
Harris is facing malicious wounding and first degree sexual assault charges. His case is now going to the grand jury. Magistrate Joe Shelton refused to lower Harris' bond from $100,000 cash only.
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