Portland man in court on suspicion of attempted rape

first_imgA 40-year-old Portland man is being held on accusations he attempted to rape and strangled to unconsciousness a 31-year-old woman in northeast Hazel Dell after giving her a ride home Thursday evening.Joshua T. McKnight, 40, appeared today in Clark County Superior Court on suspicion of first-degree robbery with sexual motive, first-degree attempted rape and second-degree assault.His arraignment is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 25.“This is a stranger assault,” Deputy Prosecutor Dan Gasperino told Judge John Nichols. “Allegedly, he strangled the victim to unconsciousness, enough that she urinated. Luckily, she was able to escape and pound on a neighbor’s door.”“I don’t know her; I just gave her a ride,” McKnight blurted out. Nichols advised him to be silent.The judge set bail at the prosecutor’s requested $200,000. Gasperino said McKnight has a violent criminal history, and the fact that the alleged attempted rape happened between strangers presents a community safety concern.This is what allegedly happened, according to court documents:McKnight gave the victim a ride home Thursday evening. As thanks, she offered to make him dinner inside her home.After about 45 minutes of conversation, he allegedly attempted to kiss her. She refused, but he allegedly persisted in his attempt to kiss her. After she repeatedly denied him, his behavior allegedly became more violent. He is accused of then trying strangle her. She lost consciousness and released her bladder. When she awoke, he allegedly was standing over her. He is accused of throwing her on the bed and trying to rape her. She kicked him in the face and head to defend herself. He then allegedly tried to strangle her again. Eventually, she was able to break free and knock on a neighbor’s door for help. She had scratches, abrasions and contusions on her face, neck, hands and knees and was only wearing a shirt when the neighbor opened the door.last_img

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