A Tunkhannock man hit a woman over the head with a pipe in the early morning of Sept. 22, dragged her into the woods, bound her arms with duct tape and raped her, Scranton police said.
Aaron Philip Sherman, 25, of 100 Bryden Beach Road, then kidnapped the woman, drove her to Luzerne County and raped her again, police said.
He is charged with rape, aggravated indecent assault, aggravated assault, simple assault, kidnapping and false imprisonment.
Sherman is in Lackawanna County Prison in lieu of $1 million bail set by Magisterial District Judge Laura Turlip.
The Wyoming County Press Examiner does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The woman needed staples for her head wounds, according to a criminal complaint filed by Detective Vince Uher.
Sherman is in custody after police arrested him on Sept. 24.
The woman walked to work at 2:30 a.m. and was attacked on the West Elm Street bridge. Police said Sherman raped her in the woods by the Lackawanna River Heritage Trail.
Uher interviewed Sherman and he admitted he was out “driving around looking for a girl to have sex with,” the detective wrote in an affidavit.
He found a woman on the bridge and parked his pickup down from her, Sherman told Uher. He grabbed a roll of Gorilla Tape and a pipe.
The victim told police that a man, whom detectives determined was Sherman, grabbed her by her neck, hit her over the head with a pipe and dragged her into the woods by the river trail.
Sherman denied to Uher that he hit her with a pipe but acknowledged that was his initial intention. He maintained the sex was consensual.
“When asked what his intentions were when he approached her with the tape and pipe, he stated his intentions were to rape her,” Uher wrote.
In the woods, the victim’s attacker taped her arms together, bent her over a fence and raped her, she told police. After, police said he forced her into his truck and drove off with her.
As he drove, he said he was “looking for another girl,” according to Uher’s affidavit.
Sherman started to talk to her. She could smell the alcohol on his breath. He asked where she lived and she said “Capouse Avenue.” Sherman asked if she lived in a rooming house there because his family owns some in that area. Police said his father is city landlord Robert “Bert” Sherman. She lied and said yes.
Sherman told her he would kill her if she reported this to the police, Uher wrote.
They drove around for hours, the victim told police. At one point, she saw a sign for Exeter. Sherman pulled over, taped up her arms and legs again and raped her a second time, police said.
Sherman dropped her off by the Walmart in Pittston Twp. She was able to take down some of the letters on his license plate. Police later recovered video footage of the truck from various cameras.
That information, coupled with the tip that her assailant’s family owns rooming houses around Capouse Avenue, led detectives to Sherman.
They found him on Capouse Avenue loading things into his truck and interviewed him, according to a complaint. He corroborated details from the victim’s statement. Sherman’s preliminary hearing is Wednesday, Oct. 16.