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Despite backlog, rape kit test from allegedly enslaved victim won’t have to wait

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Police are waiting on the results before pressing any charges. So far, detectives are looking at charges of 2nd Degree Rape and Unlawful Imprisonment. Police are waiting on the results before pressing any charges. So far, detectives are looking at charges of 2nd Degree Rape and Unlawful Imprisonment.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Despite 6,000 untested rape kits sitting on shelves across crime labs in Washington, a victim who says she was held captive, drugged, and repeatedly raped inside of a storage facility will not have to wait long for results.

According to the Spokane Police Departments Special Victim Unit, due to the severity of the victim’ case, her rape kit test will be prioritized.

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Court documents paint a horrifying picture of a Spokane woman held against her will and raped for days in a storage unit near Spokane Community College. After days abuse, the woman says she was only able to escape after telling her captor that she needed some air.

The suspect has not yet been charged with a crime, so we won't be naming him until he is. 

According to court documents, the woman told police she is homeless and met the suspect on May 22 in Hillyard. The suspect told the woman he had a place for her to stay. The two then took a bus to a storage unit facility on East Boone near Chief Garry Park. Court documents say the suspect took the victim inside one of the units and locked the door. 

According to the victim, it appeared the suspect lived in the unit, as it had a recliner, a hot plate and a small stove. 

After telling the man she was cold, she says he handed her a cup of coffee and said, "drink this." The victim says the next thing she remembers, the suspect began removing her clothes. The woman told police for the next several days she was in and out of consciousness and would wake up to the suspect raping her. The woman described not being able to get up, as if she had been drugged. 

After three days of sexual abuse, the woman told the suspect she needed fresh air and managed to convince him to let her outside. Court documents say the woman walked to a bus stop near Spokane Community College and borrowed a phone to call her sister. The victim says she saw the suspect get on a bus and head north. 

After contacting police, detectives went to the storage unit and found it was just as the victim had described, but the suspect was not at the unit. 

On June 1, Spokane Police told KHQ they located the suspect, but he has not yet been arrested. Detectives are waiting on the results of DNA testing to charge him. So far, they are looking at charges of 2nd Degree Rape and Unlawful Imprisonment.

KHQ's Hayley Guenthner is digging deeper on this story and we will update you as soon as we can confirm additional information. 

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