A 38-year-old man is in custody after allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman, after helping push her car out of the snow.
Authorities say just after noon on Thursday, the 23-year-old victim was having difficulty trying to move her car wedged behind a snow bank. She was stuck at North Newstead and Lindell, near the Cathedral Basilica. The suspect, identified as Cornell Hampton, stopped to assist her and pushed her vehicle out of the snow.
Police say Hampton then got in the vehicle with the victim and demanded a ride. When the victim refused, Hampton put the victim in a choke hold and ordered her to drive, indicating he had weapons.
Hampton directed the victim to the 4100 block of Delmar. He forced the victim into a vacant building and raped her.
Authorities say that after several witnesses saw the victim being forced into the building and heard her screaming, they contacted police.
Police arrived at the scene, saw Hampton in the act and pulled him away from the victim. Hampton kicked a police officer as he resisted arrest but was eventually subdued and taken into custody.
The victim was taken to an area hospital where she was treated for the sexual assault and minor injuries to her face, neck and chest.
Eleven warrants have been issued including, forcible rape, 4 counts of forcible sodomy, 1st degree assault, resisting arrest, assault on a law enforcement officer, and 2 counts of 3rd degree assault.
Hampton’s bond is set at $300,000, cash-only.