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Prescott man faces rape charges



PRESCOTT, Arizona - Police are investigating an alleged rape and home invasion Saturday morning on Valley Ranch Circle.

According to a Tuesday news release, an adult male allegedly assaulted a female victim in her home at approximately 4:30 a.m. Police responded to the scene when the 61-year-old victim went to a neighbor's house to seek assistance. The victim was bleeding and not wearing any clothes. She told police she was sleeping in her home when the assailant entered her home and physically and sexually attacked her.

After arriving on scene, police located and arrested Charles Howe, 52, walking near the area of the attack. He was reported to be agitated and bleeding from facial wounds. The suspect allegedly failed to respond to officers and struggled with police before he was detained. Police later found a knife in the victim's house they believe was used in the attack. Police also reported gloves on Howe's person at the time of his arrest.

According to investigators, the victim and the suspect were familiar with each other. The victim indicated she knew Howe for three years, but said their friendship dissolved when he became obsessed with her. She was eventually granted an order of protection when he continued to stalk her, police said.

Howe was later questioned and arrested on charges of aggravated assault, sexual assault, burglary and violation of a court order. He was booked into the Yavapai County jail. The victim was treated for her injuries at the Yavapai Regional Medical Center West and released.

"It was determined she was the victim of a sexual assault," Prescott Police Department Lt. Ken Morley said.

While Howe originally told police the victim was his ex-wife, investigators later determined he and the victim were acquaintances, but nothing more.

"They'd never had any kind of domestic relationship in the past," Morley said.

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