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September 24, 2013

Alleged assault, rape lands man in jail

Reported victim at Clarksville apartment was estranged wife

CLARKSVILLE — A Clarksville man was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting and raping his estranged wife.

Pedro B. Garcia, 28, was initially charged with rape, a class A felony; aggravated battery, a class B felony; intimidation, a class C felony; domestic battery, a class D felony; and interference reporting a crime, a class A misdemeanor.

Clarksville Police Department officers responded to a call made by the woman who reported being assaulted. She had fled to a neighbors’ unit in River Chase Apartments in Clarksville early Saturday morning, after Garcia had fallen asleep.

According to the police report, the woman and Garcia had been estranged since June, but they were attempting to reconcile their relationship. Garcia texted his estranged wife at about 11:30 p.m. Friday night and she responded that she was going to bed and did not wish to speak to him.

Garcia reportedly followed the text with two phone calls wanting to speak to the woman about the possible divorce. About 20 minutes after the phone calls were made, Garcia was at the woman’s apartment door, knocking and yelling that he wanted his clothes, according to the police report.

The woman, who was in the apartment with a friend, told him to hide because “she did not want her husband to see him there.”

However, Garcia allegedly entered the apartment using a stolen key and began searching for the woman’s friend he believed was in the apartment. Garcia found the friend, kicked him out of the residence and shut the door, according to police.

According to the woman, her husband began yelling at her and said, “I can’t believe you would do this to me,” and he began assaulting her. According to the police report, Garcia threatened to hit the woman with a chair, a mirror and numerous times stated that he was “going to kill her and all of her friends.”

Garcia, then, allegedly picked the woman up by her clothing and punched her in the face. According to the report, the blow knocked her to the ground and it almost knocked her unconscious.

The woman told police at that point her husband began crying, took her into the bathroom and attempted to clean her right eye, which was swelling shut. The woman said she wanted to go to the doctor, but Garcia told her she could not leave, began calling her names and was keeping her confined in the bathroom.

She was able to force her way past Garcia, who then pushed her onto the living room floor. According to the report, Garcia then raped the woman. During the rape, he had a knife in his hand and the victim was “too intimidated to attempt to stop the rape,” according to the police report.

After the rape, the woman told police that she waited for Garcia to fall asleep and when he did, she ran to a neighbor’s apartment to call police.

Garcia was arrested and transported to the Michael L. Becher Adult Correctional Complex in Jeffersonville. According to the report, officers attempted to interview Garcia, but were unable to because of a language barrier.

When the victim arrived at the hospital, she no longer wanted to take a rape test and told police that she “did not want to pursue the matter any further,” according to the report.

Police were unable to recover the knife allegedly used during incident and were unable to locate the knife inside Garcia’s vehicle, as it was not in plain sight. Police were also unable to locate the other individual initially in the apartment.

Garcia is being held in the jail without bond while formal charges are being filed because he is not a U.S. citizen, according to Clark County court records.

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