An Arizona man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly broke into a woman’s home and raped her while holding her at knife point.
According to KPNX, court records showed that a woman woke up on Nov. 4 at around 4 a.m. to find 54-year-old Tilfert D. Vaughn standing naked behind her bathroom door with a large serrated bread knife.
The woman said that the suspect made her lie down on the bed, and he raped her while holding the knife to her throat. The woman’s friend, who was also in the bed, woke up and struggled with the suspect. But the knife wounded the man so badly that he was later forced to have surgery to repair the nerve damage to his hands.
Both of the victims said that felt that they would die if they did not obey Vaughn’s commands.
“Now you have a baby. Bless it and take care of it,” Vaughn told the woman after raping her, court documents said.
Vaughn was also accused of stealing sunglasses, toiletries, beer, food, and other items from the victim’s apartment. Investigators said that he stashed the items in another apartment before returning to rape the woman.
Investigators used evidence compiled from a forensic exam on the woman and surveillance video to determine that Vaughn was the perpetrator. The court ordered Vaughn to provide a DNA sample, which was later matched to evidence obtained during the victim’s forensic exam.
Vaughn has denied raping the woman, but he did say that he was near her apartment on the night that she was attacked. He was being held without bail because of the nature of the charges.
Reports did not say if the woman became pregnant because of the attack. But conservative lawmakers have also expressed the opinion that pregnancies from rape are a blessing.
West Virginia state Rep. Brian Kurcaba (R) recently apologized after saying that “what is beautiful is the child that could come as a production of this.”
Watch the video below from KPNX, broadcast Feb. 11, 2015.