Woman raped at gunpoint, police say
Decatur man charged after search of home
By Seth Burkett
Police arrested a 24-year-old Decatur man Monday on charges he raped a woman at gunpoint.
Investigators said they spoke with Dustin Antoine Duhe and searched his 1512 10th Ave. S.E. residence, where the rape allegedly took place, prior to charging him with first-degree rape.
The alleged victim told police she went to Duhe’s house with friends Saturday night, said Sgt. Steve Campbell, a police spokesman.
The victim knew Duhe and previously had no reason to fear him, police said.
“In this particular instance, there is no need for the public to worry about a sexual predator on the loose in the city,” Campbell said. “This was a case where the offender knew the victim and specifically targeted that victim. The offender was caught quickly due to the diligence of investigators and, most importantly, the courage of the victim in coming forward.”
The victim told police Duhe sexually assaulted her in a bedroom at his residence over a period of several hours, Campbell said.
“Alcohol was involved. She doesn’t remember some of it. Some of it she does remember. She does remember the actual act ... and trying to fight him off of her. She remembers her friends knocking on the door,” Campbell said.
During the offense, Duhe was allegedly armed with a .22-caliber revolver.
“Duhe held the gun up, not pointed at her, but so she could see it, when her friends were knocking on the bedroom door,” Campbell said.
He rose and stood behind the door with the gun but did not open the door, making the victim afraid to say anything for fear someone would get hurt, Campbell said.
After she talked Duhe into releasing her early Sunday morning, the woman went to Decatur General Hospital, where she underwent examination and spoke with police officers, Campbell said.
Duhe will be transferred to Morgan County Jail, where he will be held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
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