Crime

Harrisburg man charged with rape

A Harrisburg man was arrested for an alleged rape, according to State College police.

Anthony Eugene Holmes Jr., 24, was charged with felony rape, felony sex assault, three misdemeanors and a summary offense, court documents said.

Police responded to a reported rape at 5:28 a.m. on July 11, 2015, at 456 E. Beaver Ave. The woman had a broken nose, a laceration on her elbow and disheveled and stained clothing and was taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center for treatment, according to an affidavit.

The woman, also from Harrisburg, said she took several shots at her friend’s apartment on the night of July 10 and then went out. She remembered being at Bill Pickle’s Taproom, and the next thing she could recall was sitting in a parked vehicle with a black man she did not know, according to the affidavit.

The woman told police that the man pushed her out of the car and onto a gravel lot. She tried to tell him to stop, but he punched her in the face, according to the affidavit. She told police that the man forced her to take off her shorts and assaulted her.

She could not find her phone after the incident, the affidavit said, so the man agreed to call it for her. Police confirmed that the woman received two missed calls from a phone with a Harrisburg area code.

The phone was later identified as belonging to Holmes Jr., according to the affidavit.

Holmes Jr.’s DNA was matched on June 28 to a rape kit swab taken after the alleged assault, according to the affidavit.

He was arraigned by District Court Judge Carmine Prestia and placed in Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 27.

Shawn Annarelli: 814-235-3928, @Shawn_Annarelli

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