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Coeur d'Alene sex offender arrested for attempted rape

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

Coeur d'Alene Police have arrested a 44-year-old man for several charges stemming from an attempted rape that happened at the Coeur d'Alene Press building early Sunday morning.

Police report they talked to the 27-year-old victim inside the building at around 5:30 a.m. Sunday. She told police she arrived at work at around 5:25 a.m. and had been working alone when a man, identified as 44-year-old Jason A. Edwards of Coeur d'Alene, who is a subcontractor for the newspaper, came into the building and told the woman a friend was waiting to talk to her outside.

When the victim followed Edwards outside, her friend was not there. She told officers Edwards put his arm around her, threatened her, and put a knife to her stomach. He walked her to his van about 200 yards from the building. 

Edwards went to open the van door when the woman struggled for control of the knife, eventually breaking free and taking the knife. Edwards' hand was cut in the struggle. The woman ran back to the Press building, chased by Edwards.

The victim made it to the building and locked herself in an office where she called police. According to police, Edwards walked around looking for the woman but wasn't able to get into the office where she was holed up.

Edwards eventually left the building and drove in his van to the area of Northwest Boulevard and Davidson Ave. where officers attempted to stop his vehicle. He reportedly made a U-turn and ran over his own mailbox before he stopped for officers and was arrested

He was placed under arrest for several charges including kidnapping, aggravated assault, attempted rape and DUI. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of the cut on his hand. Once he leaves the hospital he will be taken to jail.

Police say Edwards is a registered sex offender with a previous conviction of lewd conduct against a 4-year-old girl. That case was investigated by the Coeur d'Alene Police in 2008. He was convicted and required to register as a sex offender.

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