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Police investigating rape at Spokane bar

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Spokane Police are investigating after a woman said she was raped by a man outside a Spokane bar. On Tuesday that man is in the Spokane County Jail on second degree rape charges. Court documents show what led up to his arrest.

Back on March 26, the victim and her boyfriend came to the Star Bar. The couple met two men at the bar playing pool and later that night the victim went outside with the two men to drink beer she had brought with her.

That's when she says one of the men sexually assaulted her, performing oral sex on her behind the bar and then forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Two days later that victim showed up at the Public Safety Building and told investigators what happened. Detectives combed the scene of the alleged assault outside the bar and found the woman's driver's license and saw her with her alleged attacker on surveillance video leaving the bar.

The victim later identified 31-year-old Benjamin Heindle, a man well-known to police, as the man who attacked her.

On Monday, investigators served a search warrant on Heindle's home where they found clothing similar to what he was seen wearing on surveillance cameras, along with a pair of bloodstained jeans. He was eventually tracked down and arrested at his work.

Heindle made  his first appearance in court Tuesday. He'll be back in court later this month.

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