Court documents in a case against a man accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her King County, Washington apartment said that the woman's dog thwarted the rape attempt.
Police arrested Ralph Young for attempted second-degree rape on Thursday. Police allege that Young went to a female neighbor's apartment earlier this month under the guise of returning borrowed dishes.
When he attempted to kiss her, she told him she was not interested and "didn't want to become a source of tension between Young and his wife" the Seattle Times reported.
Young allegedly then forced her on the bed, removed her clothes and climbed on top of her, according to the statement. Her dogs were in the room with them and "were becoming very agitated by the commotion and started barking at Young," the statement says.
One dog climbed between them and started "nipping at Young" until he got off the woman and left. No other details are provided about the dog.
Police stated that Young denied assaulting the woman, however a judge found probable cause to hold him on investigation of attempted second-degree rape. Court records show Young has been convicted of kidnapping, robbery and indecent liberties in 1995 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Seattle Times reported that court records show his community supervision ended in October last year.
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