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Man charged with breaking into apartment, raping woman

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Detectives investigating a sexual assault after a woman told police she was awakened in her apartment by a man who assaulted and raped her.

The victim says she was sleeping in her apartment in the 300 block of York Street on Nov. 1 when a man broke in and physically and sexually assaulted her. The woman told police she doesn't know how the suspect got inside, but noticed her cell phone was missing from the apartment prior to the attack.

The woman was struck multiple times in the face and head with an unknown object. Police say she may lose hearing in her right ear as a result of the attack.

The woman told police the suspect -- identified by police as 54-year-old Anthony W. Benford -- gagged her before leaving the apartment.

Police arrested Benford Nov. 7 and read him his rights. That's when they say he admitted entering her residence twice on Nov. 1 while she was sleeping.

According to the arrest report, Benford told police the second time he entered, "he grabbed her and began punching her." The woman fought back and made a break for the door, but Benford told police he got to her before she could leave and punched her in the head several times.

Benford allegedly told police he thought about raping her, but gagged her instead.

Benford was charged with burglary, rape, sexual assault, and sexual abuse.

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