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Spokane man accused of using large knife in burglary and rape

Violent crimes in which deadly weapons are used seriously threaten community security whether in Washington or Delaware. This is why local governments and law enforcement authorities do their best to curb weapons crimes in order to keep residents safe. For this reason, criminal charges involving weapons are felonies and carry far more serious consequences for anyone convicted of them.

A 29-year-old Spokane man may well find this out for himself following his recent arrest on charges of burglary and felony first-degree rape of a woman who happened to be his girlfriend's neighbor. According to Spokane police, the alleged incident occurred one night when a woman was raped at knife point by the suspect. It is claimed that he had entered her home without permission around 10:15 p.m. and raped her. When she called police, they noticed that her throat had been cut. A wallet found at the scene apparently fell out of the suspect's pocket when the victim resisted. When police noticed the suspect standing nearby as police investigated the crime scene, they approached and he allegedly ran. He was apprehended shortly after. The identity of the victim has been withheld.

The suspect is currently being held in the Spokane County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for mid-July.

Possession of a weapon during the commission of a crime usually elevates the charges filed against the accused, especially if the weapon causes bodily injury and the underlying offense is violent. Nevertheless, any Washington resident charged with a violent crime involving a weapon can contest the prosecution's allegations by establishing a strong criminal defense. A defense team may be able to get the charges reduced or dropped or work to challenge prosecutors' evidence if the case does go to trial.

Source: KULR8.com, "Rape and burglary suspect arrested," July 8, 2014

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