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Woman makes daring escape after allegedly being held captive, raped

JEANNETTE, Pa. – — A woman in Westmoreland county survived a violent weekend after being kidnapped and raped.

When police talked to the victim, she was shaking and crying. She said she was raped twice the night before by two different men, one by the name of Percy and the other who was identified by police as Richard Bankosh and arrested.


The victim told police she met a young man at a beer distributor in Jeannette the night before and went back to his house on Penn Avenue for a few drinks. She didn't feel well and laid down in a bedroom. She said she woke up to Percy ripping her pants off, raping her then a few minutes later, Bankosh came in the room.

“[He] physically put her on the bed by grabbing her arms and then began holding her down. The victim stated the she again pled multiple times, 'stop, no, please stop,'" according to court documents.

The men even threatened to kill her, she told police, specifying that they “knew how to make bodies disappear."

The next day, Bankosh allegedly forced her into his car and threatened to kill her if she left. She escaped when she convinced him to take her to a relative’s home for alcohol.