Arrow-right Camera


Cheney man accused of kidnap, rape

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

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 March 8 after the two left “an informal bonfire gathering” at a Medical Lake bar.

Huckabee told her they were going to a friend’s home but drove erratically to a trailer park, where he forced her to ingest a “small, dark solid substance” that she said affected her balance, according to court documents prepared by Cheney police.

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

Huckabee’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape, first- degree kidnapping and unlawful imprisonment.