SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Valley Sexual Assault Detectives arrested a man Thursday afternoon for a sexual assault on March 18, 2017.
46-year-old Steven B. Pallett has been charged with Kidnapping 1st Degree and Rape 1st Degree. Pallet's bond has been set at $500,000.
Investigators identified Pallett using cell phone “tower dumps” they got through a search warrant and eliminating phone numbers that didn't fit with the crime timeline or details.
According to deputies, on March 18, a woman's truck ran out of gas near the 7-Eleven at Division and 2nd. She began walking towards the Spokane Valley where a friend was staying in a motel. She said a man, who has been identified as Pallett, stopped and offered her a ride; she accepted.
The woman says Pallett drove onto I-90, but wouldn't tell her where he was going. He grabbed her phone and threw it in the backseat and, according to deputies, "told her it was the last call she would ever make."
Deputies say Pallett was ordering her to remove articles of clothing. He exited the freeway at Argonne and drove her to a secluded area with an A-frame structure north of Valley Mission Park.
She said she tried to get away, but Pallett "began calling her several derogatory names and told her to go inside the structure."
Inside the structure, she said he demanded she remove her clothes and pointed a gun at her.
"The victim stated she begged the suspect to use the condom she said but he refused and told her if she behaved, she would survive," the sheriff's office said in a news release Monday. "The victim stated she was ordered to perform oral sex before the suspect went back to his car and drove away."
The woman got dressed, jumped the fence onto I-90 and began waving for help.
Spokane Valley Sexual Assault Detectives are urging anyone who may have been victimized or knows of Pallett's behavior to contact him at 509-477-6610.
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