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Attempted rape too close to home for Coeur d'Alene neighbors

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The mailbox Edwards ran into on Davidson Sunday morning. The mailbox Edwards ran into on Davidson Sunday morning.
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -

A 44-year-old man is arrested for multiple charges, including aggravated assault and attempted rape. Police say that man is Jason A. Edwards.

Colleen Dixon lives in the area of where the alleged attacker Jason Edwards was arrested. She is usually up by 6 a.m.

“I walk to work and I leave fairly early.”

She says she didn’t see much commotion Sunday morning, but after hearing what happened, “It's scary. I don't like it. It’s just too close,” she says.

Coeur d’Alene Police say Edwards told the 27-year-old woman that her friend was waiting outside the Coeur d'Alene Press building for her around 5:30 a.m. They walked outside, and police say that’s when he put his arm around her, verbally threatened her, and held a knife to her stomach. Police report they started walking to his van. The woman fought, wrestled the knife away, and ran back into the building, locking herself in an office where she called police.

Police say Edwards then walked around looking for her, but couldn’t get into the office she was in, so he got into his car and left. Police then followed him to the area of Northwest Boulevard and Davidson Avenue. They say he tried to make a U-turn on Davidson, but hit his mailbox.

This incident is concerning people in the area.

“I try to be aware of my surroundings when I go but you just don't know,” Dixon says. “Anybody wants to feel safe where you're at. We have that right.”

Edwards was arrested on several charges and then sent to Kootenai Health for injuries he sustained in the struggle.

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