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November 8, 2013

Parker County man charged with raping, assaulting woman

By CHRISTIN COYNE

An Azle-area man was arrested this week, accused of violently raping a woman, duct taping her and holding her in a closet.

Andrew Murphy Howard, 30, was arrested Monday evening and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and aggravated sexual assault.

The Parker County sheriff’s office responded to a call at Howard’s residence north of Reno around 11 a.m. Monday, according to call records.

A woman, who deputies photographed with bruising to her left eye, an abrasion and scratches on her neck and a bruised upper lip, said Howard punched her in the face Nov. 3, placed a knife to her throat, shouted he was going to kill her and pointed a loaded rifle at her face, according the Parker County Sheriff’s Office.

Howard then reportedly cut off her clothing with his knife, held a .22 rifle in her face and said he “ought to kill” her before forcing her to have sex with him as he recorded it on his cell phone, an investigator wrote.

Howard sexually assaulted her twice during the night before telling her to go into the closet, where he duct taped her arms, legs and mouth, the woman alleged.

The woman reportedly said Howard later released her, telling her he was sorry for what he did.

In addition to obtaining a search warrant for the residence from 415th District Judge Graham Quisenberry, investigators also obtained a warrant to search the contents of Howard’s phone. Howard said he recorded sexual acts with the woman that night with his phone, according to Investigator Patrick Snell.

Howard remained in the Parker County Jail Friday afternoon with bond set at a total of $75,000.

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