Police: Teen accused of raping, beating woman planned attack with victim's friend

Updated:

Loading
NEW CASTLE, Pa. —

An 18-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting and robbing a woman in New Castle turned himself in to police on Sunday.

Authorities said Tylan Huddleston was wanted for more than a week for his alleged involvement in a violent attack.

According to police, Huddleston is accused of raping a woman in her car and forcing her to drive around while he held a gun to her head. Investigators said Huddleston is also accused of pistol-whipping the woman until she was unconscious.

New Castle Police said they believe the attack was planned with the help of the victim's friend, but they're not sure why.

Investigators said the victim's friend Brie Hilton has been charged with intimidation of a witness.

"Her so-called friend knew the suspect and we learned the two have been exchanging text messages about the rape," New Castle Police Chief Robert Salem said. "This was a horrific crime and a very brutal one, but she's doing as best she can."

Huddleston remains jailed, and Hilton posted bond, police said.