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Deputies: Attempted rape suspect gave woman ride home from jail

Posted: Updated: Jan 18, 2013 02:05 PM
HAZEL DELL, WA (KPTV) -

A woman just released from jail was given a ride home from a stranger and deputies said it led to a brutal assault and attempted rape.

The alleged victim said it all started when she was released from the Clark County Law Enforcement Center Thursday, according to the arresting officer's declaration of probable cause.

She was with another woman when a man offered to give her a ride. The 31-year-old woman said the other woman appeared to know the man later identified as Joshua McKnight, 40, so she accepted his offer.

The woman said she invited McKnight into her home on Northeast Kogan Road in Hazel Dell, offering to cook him dinner for providing her a ride home.

She said they talked for 45 minutes before McKnight tried to kiss her, according to investigators. The woman said she had a husband and refused to kiss him back.

The woman told deputies he then grabbed her, pulled her into the bedroom and began choking her. Deputies said McKnight is 6'3" and 215 pounds.

The woman lost consciousness and woke up in her children's bathroom, according to the probable cause documents, with McKnight standing over her holding her on the ground.

The woman said she kicked McKnight in the face and tried to get away, but he began to choke her again.

She later woke up in another one of her children's rooms, according to deputies, and McKnight told her he would leave, but he needed to find his glasses. The woman said at that point she ran to a neighbor's home.

The neighbor said the woman was covered in blood and only wearing a shirt.

Deputies arrived and said the woman's home was in disarray. Investigators found a clear lens from a pair of eyeglasses on the floor, along with a large silver watch on the bathroom floor with a broken band.

The alleged victim described the suspect's car to deputies, who found it and attempted to contact the driver. Deputies said McKnight got out and advanced toward officers, refusing to follow directions.

Investigators said he appeared intent on assaulting the deputies, so they used a stun gun to stop him. McKnight then hit his head on the pavement.

He was taken to the hospital and then to jail. Deputies said he also had injuries to his face consistent with being kicked, as described by the woman.

Probable cause documents show that McKnight told deputies about picking the woman up, but said she became angry about shortfall in her relationships, shoved him and caused him to fall leading to his injuries.

Deputies said he was unable to explain why his watch was on her bathroom floor. Investigators said he also had the woman's laptop, but claimed she gave it to him and asked him to pawn it for her.

Deputies said McKnight has a profane tattoo on his back and described him as having "observable mental health problems."

McKnight is charged with attempted rape, assault and robbery. His bail is set at $200,000.

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