A woman told police she was raped by the same man twice in six days, despite the fact that a downtown crowd witnessed the man drag her away screaming.
The Salt Lake woman, 19, said she was waiting for a bus across from the ZCMI Center on State Street about 3 p.m. Monday when the suspect came up behind her, grabbed her by the arms and pulled her back toward a parking terrace on Social Hall Avenue.The woman said a crowd gathered after she screamed and struggled, but it seemed appeased and dispersed after the man said, "She's my wife and she left the kids at home alone," according to a police report.
The man pulled the woman into the terrace, hit her in the mouth, threw her on the ground and continued to assault her. She said he bit her several times, leaving visible bruises. He then raped her and threatened to kill her if she reported it.
Six days earlier, the woman was walking near 400 East 4500 South about 9 p.m. when the same man drove by with three of his friends and said he wanted to talk to her. The woman started to run, but the man chased her and forced her into his vehicle. Police reports say the man drove her to the south end of Salt Lake City, where he raped her while his three friends held her down.
The four men then sped away in the vehicle leaving the woman. She did not report that rape until after the second incident occurred because she said she was afraid he would follow through on his threats to kill her.
The woman said she dated the suspect twice last year but had not seen him since December.