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Spokane Man Accused of Rape

SPOKANE, Wash. - A Spokane man sits in the Spokane County Jail accused of raping a woman last weekend at the Davenport Hotel Tower. Benjamin F. Cooper was arrested Saturday morning after his alleged victim claimed he attacked her in her hotel room.

Cooper is in Spokane County Jail being held on $200,000 bail after he refused to attend his court hearing for the second day in a row, according to Superior Court Judge Michael Price.

In addition to first-degree rape, Cooper faces a first-degree robbery charge also. His victim claims Cooper stole her cell phone and cash.

According to The Spokesman Review, video surveillance shows Cooper and the woman entering the hotel at 10:37 p.m. Friday and getting on an elevator. Cooper is then seen leaving the hotel alone at 11:12 p.m.

Police said the woman had bruising on her face and red marks on her neck.Cooper reportedly told police the couple bought him a beer at a bar, but that he went to his "baby mama's house" before returning to downtown.

When police told Cooper they knew he'd walked a woman to the hotel, he said he'd only kissed her goodnight, according to the affidavit.

The woman is from Idaho and her boyfriend is from Alaska; they were in Spokane for a wedding.

Cooper has an extensive criminal record beginning in at least 1999, including 12 assault convictions. His most recent conviction was in May when he was credited for 38 days served in jail for conspiracy to possess drugs, documents show.

This story comes from our partners at The Spokesman Review

 

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