Man Questioned In Rape, Stabbing In Cherry Hill

Posted: January 30, 1997

An unidentified man was being questioned by police in connection with the rape and stabbing of a 32-year-old Cherry Hill woman in her home Tuesday night.

Cherry Hill police declined to release information about the assault, but police sources said it occurred at 8:30 p.m. after the woman went from the second to the first floor of her home, in the 300 block of Hinchman Avenue, and was confronted by the man.

He forced her into the kitchen, where he picked up a knife, police said. He threatened her and demanded cash and guns. After he was told that there were no weapons in the house, the man forced the woman upstairs to a second-floor bedroom, where she gave him an undetermined amount of cash.

The intruder then raped the woman, tied her up and stabbed her in the back, police said. The man then fled from the house, which is in a quiet neighborhood near the Merchantville County Club.

After the man had left the house, sources said, the woman freed herself and called 911 for help. The woman was rushed to Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center, where she was listed in fair condition.

Sources said the intruder fled in the woman's late-model Toyota Camry. An alert on the car was broadcast over police radio, and about 5 p.m. yesterday, PATCO police on stakeout for car thieves at the Ferry Avenue High Speed Line in Camden saw a man drive into the parking lot in the car. When the man got out of the car, he was arrested and taken into custody for questioning.

Police sources said there was no sign of forced entry into the woman's home. The knife was not recovered, authorities said.

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