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Posted: 10:51 p.m. Sunday, May 5, 2013
By Catherine Bilkey
CHERRYVILLE, N.C. —
A woman was strangled, beaten and raped Saturday night after a man broke into her Cherryville home, according to police.
The woman said she was about to open the door, after she heard a knock and her attacker gave a name. When she went to unlock the door, the man forced his way in.
Police said Phillip Link broke the chain on the woman’s door, punched her and choked her until she lost consciousness. Then he raped her, according to police.
Court documents stated that whenever she woke up, he’d hit her and choke her until she passed out again.
She eventually fought him off and called 911 after he ran away.
Police caught him at Mountain Street and Ballard, just a few blocks from where the woman said she was raped.
Neighbors in the small community are shocked.
“I’m surprised to hear it,” Michelle Russell. She said it’s frightening.
Link is behind bars. Eyewitness News found out he’s been out of prison a little more than a year. He’s been convicted of crimes that range from drug possession to assault.
He’s facing another assault charge plus charges for burglary and rape.
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