May 19, 2014 in City

Man faces charges for alleged rape in cemetery

From staff reports

A 36-year-old man was booked into Spokane County Jail after a woman claimed he raped her early Saturday at Riverside Memorial Park.

Dylan Anstrom faces a charge of second-degree rape in the incident, which occurred near the banks of the Spokane River in the back of the park around 3 a.m. Saturday, according to court documents. The alleged victim came to Spokane to receive mental health services and stayed at a women’s shelter before meeting Anstrom at the downtown bus depot Friday evening, according to court documents.

She told him she was looking for a place to stay and he took her to the cemetery. The alleged attack took place at an encampment Anstrom set up on the bank of the river, away from the gravestones, according to court documents.

The woman told police that Anstrom became angry after the rape and started pacing, quoting the Bible and saying he was a sinner, according to court documents. She was taken to Providence Holy Family Hospital and examined after she called police using Anstrom’s cellphone. Anstrom was arrested and immediately asked for an attorney, according to police.

Police also booked Anstrom on an outstanding domestic violence warrant, according to court documents. He is expected to make an initial court appearance later today.

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