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Posted: 9:36 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013
By Margaret Harding
Trib Total Media
A woman told police that an East Liberty man with whom she drank beer and got high raped her twice and tried to strangle her.
Police on Tuesday arrested Edward Covington, 56, on charges of attempted homicide, aggravated assault, rape, reckless endangerment and unlawful restraint.
According to a criminal complaint:
The woman said they partied at Covington's apartment on Penn Avenue, and he accused her of being with another man at the Pirates game that day.
She denied it, but Covington knocked her to the ground, shoved a dish towel in her mouth and raped her. She told police she has asthma and struggled to breathe while trying to fight him.
Covington choked her and covered her face with a blanket as he raped her again, she said.
She said she bit his hand when he forced the towel farther into her mouth. He wrapped a phone cord around her neck and choked her again, she told police.
When they heard noises in the hallway, Covington let her get dressed, the complaint said. When he went to the bathroom, she ran to the apartment complex's security office, where a guard called 911.
The woman had several cuts on her face and head, a knot on the back of her head, a large red mark from her ear to her mouth and several marks on her neck, police said.
Covington was bleeding from his arm and hand, which appeared to have bite marks, police said. He told officers she hit him and bit him, but he couldn't explain why.
Covington is being held at the Allegheny County Jail under a $100,000 bond. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled Oct. 17.
This article was written by Channel 11’s news exchange partners at TribLIVE.
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