Man Arrested for Attempted Rape Outside North Idaho Paper
COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP)– Coeur d'Alene police said they arrested a man for a reported kidnapping and attempted rape at the office of the Coeur d'Alene Press on Sunday morning.
Officials said the 27-year old female victim arrived for work at 5:25 a.m. and was working alone in the building. She told police a male subcontractor for the Press came into the building and said that her friend was waiting to talk to her outside. Police said Jason Edwards, 44, led her outside then put her arm around her, verbally threatened her and held a knife to her stomach. Police said he started walking her to his van but when he tried to open the door, the female victim struggled to gain control of the knife. She was able to break free and take the knife from Edwards, according to CDA police.
Officials said Edwards sustained a cut on his hand from the struggle. According to CDA police, the victim ran back to the Press building and locked herself inside an office where she called the police. Authorities said Edwards chased her inside but was not able to gain access to the office. Police said Edwards left and drove to the area of Northwest Blvd and Davidson Ave. where officers attempted to stop him. Police said he made a U-turn on Davidson Ave and ran over his own mailbox before he stopped. He was placed under arrest and transported to Kootenai Health for treatment of his injuries. Once he is released from the hospital authorities said they will transfer him to jail.