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Rape suspect in custody hours after rape reported

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KHQ.COM - One suspect is in custody facing 2nd degree rape charges in connection to a rape that happened Wednesday night. Paul T. Thornton, 34, was arrested and booked into the Spokane County Jail on Friday. On Thursday, Spokane Police received a report that a rape victim had come to a local hospital for treatment. Officers responded to the hospital and obtained a description of the suspect, who was a stranger to the victim.

The victim reported that she had been raped the night before by an individual she had met earlier that evening. She reported that she was on the front porch of a north Spokane home when the suspect approached the home, started talking with her and then grabbed her, pulled her into a nearby abandoned garage, and sexually assaulted her.

SPD Patrol officers quickly located a crime scene associated with the incident (an abandoned garage where the assault took place) in the 6200 block of N. Astor. The scene was processed for evidence.

From the description, as well as other information and evidence regarding the incident, detectives were able to quickly identify the suspect, Paul T. Thornton.

Thornton was located Thursday afternoon in the area of Division and Joseph. He was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Spokane County Jail for 2nd Degree Rape.

The Spokane Police Department and the detectives of the Special Victims Unit want the public to know they will not tolerate criminal activity, including sexual violence, and those who commit these offenses will be quickly located and apprehended.

Thornton appeared in court Friday at 1:30 pm.

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