December 12, 1996 in City

Woman Testifies She Feared For Her Life After Rape Says She Identified Defendant By His E, Which Reminded Her Of Charles Manson

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A 49-year-old woman told a Spokane County jury Wednesday she feared the man who raped her last summer would also kill her.

During three hours of testimony, she identified 28-year-old Brian R. Anderson of Spokane as the person who broke into her pickup truck last Aug. 14, drove her to a Mead-area gravel pit and raped her.

She said she quickly picked Anderson’s picture out of a photographic police lineup after the attack.

“It was him. I could tell because his eyes reminded me of Charles Manson,” the woman testified.

Prosecutors say Anderson discovered the woman sleeping in her truck on the far North Side about 6 a.m. He caught her when she tried to run away and put a knife to her throat.

After the rape, she said he drove her to a remote wooded area in the Valley, tying her to a tree with duct tape and wire. He had already cut her hand once with his knife, she said.

“He asked me if I enjoyed what he had done to me. When I said nothing, he began shouting, getting mad,” the witness said.

She began nodding, she said, “because I was afraid.”

Anderson briefly covered her mouth and nose, causing her to fear she’d suffocate.

“At that point I felt my life was over. There was the chance I would die that day,” she said.

Anderson, 28, is on trial for rape, kidnapping, robbery, indecent liberties, malicious mischief and stealing the woman’s truck. If convicted on all counts, he faces at least 15 years in prison.

Expected to testify after the prosecution rests its case, Anderson will say he and the woman had consensual sex, according to defense attorney John Hunt Whaley.

During questioning by Deputy Prosecutor Ed Hay, the woman said she occasionally slept in her truck after working 16 hours at two businesses near Hastings Road and U.S. Highway 395.

The morning of the alleged attack, she had to return to work at Sears by 8 a.m. Instead of driving 50 miles to her Springdale, Wash., home, she parked her truck near an Albertsons grocery store in the Wandermere Mall.

Around 6 a.m., police said Anderson woke her up, first saying he worked at a nearby bakery and wanted to see her driver’s license. He then forced his way into the truck.

After taking her checkbook and wallet, police say he drove the victim to the gravel pit near Mead.

Anderson and a female companion were arrested a day later trying to use a stolen credit card at the Ranch Motel.

Jurors also heard testimony Wednesday from a North Side jogger who said she saw Anderson pushing the woman toward the pickup truck the morning of the alleged attack.

Melva Pryor said she heard the woman say “no” at one point, but nothing else.

“I could see it was more serious than just an argument,” Pryor said.

, DataTimes


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