"This is the guy the three strikes law was written for," Bucks County District Attorney Diane Gibbons said after Webb was arraigned yesterday afternoon. "He's violent. He's a predator. He's a criminal, and he's never going to stop."
A woman delivering the Morning Call newspaper of Allentown called police about 4:30 a.m. to report a suspect vehicle in a secluded area on Muskrat Road. Two troopers from the Dublin barracks followed the victim's muffled screams to a ditch about eight feet from the road.
"The state troopers here saved this woman from unspeakable harm," Gibbons said.
The incident occurred on the anniversary of a Bucks County rape in 1971 for which Webb was sentenced to 5 to 15 years in prison, Gibbons said. That term was to run consecutively with two life terms to which he was sentenced in Jefferson County, Mo., for the killing of a married couple the same year. Webb wound up serving no more than 25 years for all three crimes.
Webb was paroled in Missouri in 1988 and sent to Dallas State Prison in Pennsylvania. Gibbons could not say when he was paroled from there. Webb told District Justice C. Robert Roth at his arraignment that he has lived on North Rockhill Road in Sellersville since 1996.
If Webb is convicted, his two previous convictions would mandate a minimum 25-year sentence, Gibbons said.
Webb met the 26-year-old woman in the latest case in a Quakertown bar, where a scuffle broke out between the woman and another patron, Gibbons said.
The scuffle left the victim's face cut. She told police that Webb accompanied her to a hospital to get stitches.
According to the arrest affidavit, the woman then drove Webb home but was unfamiliar with the area and unsure how to get back to her home near Villanova. Webb suggested she take him back to the bar and drive home from there, police said in the affidavit. On the way to the bar, Webb told the woman to turn down Muskrat Road south of Smoketown Road. He told her to stop the car and wrapped a leather belt tightly around her neck, police said.
"I'm going to drown you in the swamp if you scream," he allegedly told the woman.
Using the belt like a leash, Webb dragged the woman to the ditch and took off her pants, police said. He was on top of her when troopers arrived.
Webb was one of three suspects charged in the Aug. 8, 1971, murders of William "Tex" Redden and his wife, Joyce, at their home in Cedar Hill, Mo., about 40 miles southwest of St. Louis.
Tex Redden was found shot twice in the head. Joyce Redden died of a stab wound to the heart.
Webb was arrested on a rape charge in Bucks County shortly after the murders. That was two days after a car stolen from the Reddens was found abandoned near Trenton, with a sawed-off shotgun and spent shells inside.
Police said he confessed to the murders, and implicated a man and a woman as his accomplices. Both were later arrested in California.
Before the murders, police said, Webb and the other two suspects had kidnapped a man in Tamaqua, Pa., dropped him off in Toledo, Ohio, and driven on to Missouri in his car.
News accounts at the time of the rape and kidnapping in Bucks County said a young couple had picked Webb up while he was hitchhiking. Webb then overpowered the man, police said, tied him up and left him bound along a highway. He kidnapped the woman and raped her.
The man eventually freed himself and called police, who spotted Webb driving the stolen car through Doylestown. The female victim still was in the car with him.
Webb, who told District Justice Roth yesterday that he worked at Naceville Materials, shares a second-floor apartment with a woman. He told Roth he also has a child.
The mother of Webb's child, Patti Neubert, was convicted of endangering the boy's welfare when he was a year old in 1998. She was sentenced to six to 42 months for leaving the baby alone in the apartment she and Webb shared. No charges were filed against Webb.
Along with the current felony charges, Webb is charged with indecent assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, harassment and false imprisonment.
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