Teen-ager accused of attempted rape in Anchorage mall parking lot

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A man saved a woman who apparently was about to be sexually assaulted by a teen-age boy in the parking garage of a Downtown Anchorage shopping mall, police said Wednesday.

The alleged attacker, a 17-year-old boy, was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and kidnapping in connection with the Tuesday evening attack. The teen, whose name was not released, was taken to McLaughlin Youth Center.

The rescuer, Timothy McDaniel, told KTUU-TV that he and his family had just left the Anchorage 5th Avenue mall and were driving through the parking garage when they heard screaming. McDaniel said he saw a man on top of someone.

McDaniel, 26, said he pulled the teen off the woman. McDaniel's wife called police on her cell phone while her husband held the attacker. Police said another shopper leaving the mall also stopped to help hold down the suspect in the 6:30 p.m. attack.

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