Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 31-year-old Bayview man after he allegedly attacked and tried to rape a woman Tuesday morning.
Phillip A. Bowers was charged with aggravated battery and attempted rape and was being held at the Kootenai County Jail on $75,000 bail.
Deputies found a 39-year-old Bayview woman in ripped clothes and covered in blood about 2:10 a.m., according to a sheriff’s report.
The woman said she met Bowers and his friend at JD’s Resort and Marina bar in Bayview earlier that morning. The men offered to give her a ride home and she accepted, according to the report.
Instead, the two men took the woman to The Wheel Bar in Bayview. Bowers’ friend, a bartender at The Wheel, let them in, even though it was after hours, according to the sheriff’s report.
Bowers made several comments, demanding the woman have sex with him. When she refused and tried to leave, Bowers punched her and pushed her down on the pool table, according to the report.
She was able to push Bowers away momentarily after she grabbed a pool cue and hit him. But Bowers took the cue from her and punched her in the head, making her lose consciousness, according to the report.
The woman told deputies she awoke covered in blood. She ran for the door but Bowers grabbed her and punched her again in the face. She struggled out to the parking lot where Bowers hit her again and pushed her into the gravel, according to the sheriff’s report.
The woman told investigators that she believes the only reason Bowers was not able to rape her was because a button on her pants had previously broken and she had safety-pinned the waistband closed.
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