Sirens & Gavels

Report: Trucker helped rescue rape victim

A Cheney man is accused of kidnapping a woman and raping her before she escaped to safety with the help of a passing trucker.

Charles V. Huckabee, 47, has been in Spokane County Jail on $100,000 bail since his arrest March 16.

The woman told police Huckabee attacked her on March 8 after the two left "an informal bonfire gathering" at a bar in Medical Lake. He told her they were going to friends home but drove erratically to a trailer park, where he forced her to ingest a "small, dark solid substance" that she said effected her balance, according to court documents prepared by Cheney police.

"He basically terrorized her into submissive compliance to his demands," according to court documents.

Huckabee told police the sex was consensual. The woman said she ran from the trailer and was driven by a tucker to a Cheney fast food restaurant.

Huckabee's arraignment is scheduled for March 30 on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.

Huckabee, who reportedly told the victim he'd served 12 years in prison, had been arrested a day before the alleged attack after his wife said he'd threatened her, according to court documents.

News archives show he was involved in a big methamphetamine bust as a Cocolalla, Idaho resident in 1997.




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