A Spokane man was arrested Saturday night in connection with the brutal rape and stabbing of a 73-yearold woman.
Paul Eugene Brown, 21, W1802 Gardner No. 7, was booked into Spokane County Jail on suspicion of rape and assault.
Detectives said a fingerprint found in the woman’s home, at the W1700 block of Gardner, led them to Brown.
The fingerprint was matched with the suspect through the Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a computer that can match fingerprints with thousands of prints that are kept on file, said Dick Cottam, a spokesman for the Spokane Police Department.
Brown matches the description of the man seen leaving the victim’s home about 11 p.m. Thursday, police said.
A man knocked on the woman’s door about 10 p.m. He talked her into opening the door and immediately attacked her.
He cut her throat and forehead with a kitchen knife, forced her into the bedroom and raped her. Then he took some money and fled.
Police Detective Jeff Holy said he believed the assailant intended to kill her. One of her wounds cut to the bone; the other required stitches.
Emergency room doctors who treated the woman told police the loose skin under the woman’s chin may have saved her life by preventing the knife from cutting deeply.
The woman was treated and released at a Spokane hospital.