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Police investigating sexual assault at bus stop

SPOKANE, Wash - Spokane Police are investigating a man they believe sexually assaulted a woman at a downtown Spokane bus stop. 

Just before 7:00 Saturday morning, a security guard at the Spokane Convention Center found a woman lying on the ground near a bus stop shelter. He had seen her earlier that morning, but she said she just wanted to sleep at that location. This time, though, she was distraught and requesting help.

The woman told police she had missed the bus and decided to sleep there. She said at some point that night, a man approached her and was carrying a blanket. She said she was cold and asked to use the blanket; he obliged, then she fell asleep.

According to court documents, the woman said she woke up to find "the man ejaculating on her back and legs from behind." She said he was trying to take off her pants, but she resisted. She said he got her pants down and exposed her, and she repeatedly told him to stop. The woman said the man hit her in the head several times. 

She described her attacker as a white man in his 30s with red hair and a beard. She said she did not know the man and had never seen him before. 

The woman was taken to the hospital and treated for her injuries.

Police reviewed surveillance video and saw a man walking towards the bus shelter. He matched the description the woman gave of her attacker. 

Police found the man matching that description the next day; he's identified in court documents as Jonathan D. Winters. They determined there was probable cause to arrest him for attempted 2nd degree rape. 

He's in the Spokane County Jail; his bond is set at $10,000.


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