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Springfield man accused of raping and strangling woman

A man was arrested after police said he tried to rape a woman then strangled her when she tried to call for help.

Posted: Dec 19, 2017 2:54 PM
Updated: Dec 19, 2017 5:46 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield man is accused of raping and strangling a woman Monday morning.

Police said Jonathan Patrick Lee Bivens, 28, tried to have sex with a woman who was drunk. She protested multiple times before Bivens stopped, police said

They said she tried to call a family member to pick her up but Bivens wrestled the phone away. In doing so, Bivens put her in a choke hold from behind and she couldn't breathe.

Bivens was arrested for rape and strangulation. He made his first court appearance on Tuesday.

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