Kenai man arrested for kidnapping, sexual assault

Posted: Friday, November 21, 2003

A Kenai man was arraigned Wednesday in Kenai Superior Court on 10 criminal counts, including kidnapping and sexual assault.

Robert L. Brown, 29, was formally charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of second-degree sexual assault, one count of second-degree assault, one count of third-degree assault, one count of interfering with a report of a crime involving domestic violence, one count of first-degree attempted sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual assault, allegedly committed on or about Nov. 8, and one count of first-degree sexual assault, allegedly committed between June 1, 2000, and June 1, 2001.

The charges stem from a report received by Kenai police Nov. 9 from Central Peninsula General Hospital. The hospital reported a woman there had been assaulted at her residence the previous night.

Police interviewed the woman, who said Brown had been sleeping at the residence because he had no place else to stay. While watching television that evening, he grabbed her and began assaulting her, she said.

Brown allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness and continued his attack, according to a police affidavit.

When Brown stopped the alleged assault, the victim attempted to call police from a cell phone the only phone in the residence but reportedly was prevented from doing so by Brown.

During the police interview of the woman, she said Brown had sexually assaulted her once before in about June 2002.

Brown is being held in Wild-wood Pretrial Facility on $100,000 bail. A jury trial has been scheduled for Feb. 9, 2004.

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