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Pa. man charged with attempted rape

June 13, 2003|by DON AINES

chambersburg@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Harrisburg, Pa., man was being held in Franklin County Prison Thursday on charges that he tried to rape a woman at knifepoint last month in Antrim Township, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

Douglas Paul Wingert, 39, was arrested Wednesday and arraigned before District Justice Shirley Shatzer on charges of attempted rape, indecent assault, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint and simple assault, according to police.

Police said Wingert was taken into custody in the Greencastle, Pa., area. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Franklin County Central Court.

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The incident was reported after the 23-year-old woman escaped from her assailant at about 5:30 p.m. on May 22. The woman was at a building on Zarger Road and loading items into her vehicle when she saw a white delivery box truck drive up and down the road several times.

The vehicle eventually pulled in to the parking lot of the building and a man got out and asked for directions to a car dealership, the affidavit stated. The man said he already asked for directions at a gas station, but had gotten lost.

The woman offered to let the man use a telephone in the building while she continued to load her vehicle. When she went back into the building, the man grabbed her and put what police described as a carpenter's knife to her throat, according to the affidavit.

"Keep quiet or you're dead," the man told her, according to the affidavit.

The man fondled the woman and then told her to take off her coat, according to police. She broke free from the man and ran for the door, but he tackled her. The affidavit said he tried to bind her hands behind her with "zip ties," but she broke free again, ran outside and into a nearby field, where she hid.

When she saw the man drive away, the woman flagged down a passing motorist and notified police.

The woman told police the box truck had signs on the door for a company in New Jersey, but she did not get the name of the company or the town where it is located.

The affidavit stated that police went to the car dealership the man had mentioned and learned that it does receive deliveries from a company in Moorestown, N.J.

Wingert was interviewed by police on May 27. Police alleged that he said he made a delivery for that company to the dealership, but denied any role in the assault.

The affidavit said that the woman on June 6 picked Wingert out of a photo lineup.

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