Hitchhiker accused of sexual assault


Douglas County Deputies are looking for a hitchhiker after he allegedly sexually assaulted a woman.




Deputies say on Saturday afternoon a 32-year-old woman was driving from Mattoon toward Arcola on a rural road, when she picked up a man hitchhiking. The man called himself Charlie. Charlie sat in the back seat of the car, as the woman continued driving the hitchhiker put a rope around her neck and started to strangle her.




The man ordered the woman to pull into an area near two grain bins. The man then beat and sexually assaulted her.




He then fled the area when several cars started driving by, the man cut the woman's throat with a box cutter before he ran off.




The suspect is described to be 6'2 150 pounds with graying hair in his 40's or early 50's. He was seen wearing blue jeans, a black t-shirt and faded tattoo on one forearm.


Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff at 253-2913 or Douglas County Crimestoppers at 800-280-8316.

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