PHOENIX, AZ – Police in Phoenix are looking for a man who police say raped and tortured a woman in her apartment throughout the night, even forcing her to drink bleach.
According to police, the attacker entered the 56-year-old victim’s apartment through a back door last Friday, then proceeded to torture and rape her repeatedly throughout the night. He even forced her to drink bleach. The victim told police he smoked meth all night and told her that when he was finished with her, he was going to kill her.
He was never able to follow through with that because a cab driver knocked on the victim’s door the following morning to take her to a scheduled doctor’s appointment. The suspect was taking a shower at the time, allowing the victim to flee the apartment as her attacker ran away. The cab driver then called 911.
“She came out nude, bounded with her arms tied and her mouth gagged — she was unable to speak,” said cab driver Gerardo Reyes. “She was just really scared and startled after what happened to her. What I’ve learned this happened last night, so who knows how long she was this way.”
The victim’s neighbors were alerted after the 56-year-old victim began knocking on their doors yelling for help.
“When she yelled for help, I opened my door and she was outside, completely nude,” said Carli Patterson, one of the neighbors. “Her hands were tied behind her back and there were two scarves around her mouth. She was gagged and tied up with bruises all over.”
Police say the woman did not know her attacker, who is described as a black man between 25 to 30 years old, medium height and build, shoulder-length dreadlocks and wearing a baseball cap backwards, a gray T-shirt, dark shorts and flip-flops or sandals.
Be sure to check out the following video from KPHO, where the cameraman seems to enjoy looking at the female detective in the pink shirt as much as I do.