Rape Halted Attacker Shot
Woman stops rape by shooting attacker
SAVANNAH, Ga. - Police continued searching Wednesday for a second man wanted in connection with a rape in which the victim fought off her attackers, shooting one of them.
The woman told officers she was sitting in a car with her boyfriend Monday night when two men came up to the parked car with a handgun and ordered them out of the car, according to Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan police.
The two men took a purse and wallet from the couple and then attacked the woman. They ripped her pants off and began sexually assaulting her, police said.
But when one of the men put his gun down, the woman grabbed it and fired four shots. One of the shots struck one of the attackers in the neck, causing him to fall over.
The woman and her boyfriend jumped back into their car and drove off. The men followed and, using the gun, broke the car's rear windshield, police said.
The couple got away and went to a home where they called police.
Officers later found Eric Easterling bleeding on a porch. Easterling, 20, was taken to a hospital and faces charges of armed robbery and sexual assault-related charges, police said.
Police spokesman Bucky Burnsed said investigators were still trying to track down the second suspect Wednesday.
The woman was treated at a hospital and released.