Severely Wounded Victim Escapes Rapist; Springfield Man Arrested

A woman who told police she was attacked, raped and stabbed escaped her attacker through a window and gave enough of a description of her rapist for police to make an arrest.

James Simpson, 26, is in the Greene County Jail on $250,000 bond facing charges of first-degree rape, two counts of armed criminal action, two counts of first-degree assault and resisting arrest.

Probable cause documents say the victim was attacked on January 23, 2019 in her home. She had invited Simpson to her home with the belief he would be selling her marijuana and meth. She claims that Simpson punched her, shoved her down a hallway and then choked her until she passed out.

She then alleges Simpson then raped her at knifepoint.

The victim escaped after being cut on the neck and stabbed in the back twice, puncturing her right lung by kicking Simpson. She knocked a screen from a window, crawled out, then ran to a neighbor’s home for help.

The victim told police that Simpson had a tattoo of a swastika and another that read “family values” which helped investigators identify him.

The probable cause statements says police have video surveillance showing the victim after her escape and Simpson fleeing the scene.

When police found Simpson, he attempted to flee and even continued after being struck by a taser. An officer subdued Simpson after a chase and struggle and as other officers arrives Simpson was taken into custody.

The rape and assault charges against Simpson carry possible life sentences.

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