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April 30, 2013

Registered sex offender arrested for attempted rape of woman in Enid

ENID, Okla. — A registered sex offender arrested April 17 following an assault of a woman has been charged with attempted rape.

Vincent Dewayne Lewis, 27, is being held in lieu of $200,000 bond on a felony count of first-degree attempted rape. Because of prior felony convictions, he faces between seven and a half years to life in prison.

Lewis, who is hearing impaired, was arraigned last week with the aid of an interpreter and was given court-appointed counsel. A condition of his bond is that he remain away from the woman he’s accused of attacking.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department Officers were sent at about 10 p.m. April 16 to the 1100 block of East Cherokee on a report of a woman screaming in the street. Upon arriving, officers found a 30-year-old woman who had grass in her hair and appeared upset.

When police asked the woman what happened, she said she was on her front porch talking on the phone when she saw a man ride a bicycle past her home several times.

She said the man came onto her property and acting like he was hearing impaired and was motioning, as if asking to use the telephone, according to the affidavit. The woman said she told the man she did not have a phone. She said he jumped off his bike and ran up to the porch, grabbing her by the throat and pulled her off the porch.

The woman said she kept trying to get away but the grass was wet and she kept slipping. She said she began to scream and run toward her neighbor’s house, but the man chased her down in the yard across the street, taking off her pants and underwear, according to the affidavit. She said the man tried to unzip his pants and lie on top of her.

The woman told police she believed the man was trying to rape her so she bit him in an effort to get him off her, according to the affidavit. She said the man continued to try to touch her inappropriately and she screamed until a neighbor came out and told the man to stop and leave her alone.

The woman said the man then got on his bike and left going north on 11th. The woman gave police a description of the man, and officers searched the area but did not locate anyone.

Police distributed the information, and the next morning, Sgt. Dustin Albright said the description fit that of a hearing impaired sex offender named Vincent Lewis who he visited with the day before. Albright said Lewis rode his bicycle to the police station that day.

Police created a photo lineup including Lewis’ picture and showed to the woman, according to the affidavit. She identified Lewis as her attacker, saying, “I believe it was this man. It was dark but I really remember his face.” The woman said she remembers biting the man twice during the attack.

Detectives located Lewis and placed him under arrest for an unrelated misdemeanor warrant. They used a notebook to communicate with Lewis and explain to him they wanted to question him about the incident the night before.

Lewis never denied being bit by a woman and initially said the woman was just “trippin’” and bit him because she believed she was in a fight with him, but he wasn’t, according to the affidavit. Lewis said he was a good person and was only trying to talk to the woman and didn’t know what went wrong.

Detectives asked Lewis where she had bit him and he showed them a bite mark to his left side near the armpit. Lewis also said he had a bite mark on the right arm near the bicep.

Lewis told detectives he never tried to have sex with or rape the woman, according to the affidavit. While discussing the details, Lewis said he only tried to borrow the phone from her or have her make a call for him.

Lewis said she didn’t understand him so he got upset with her, grabbed her and attacked her, according to the affidavit. Lewis was asked if the reason he was mad was because the woman couldn’t understand him and Lewis said that was correct.

A detective asked Lewis if that was the reason he pulled the woman’s pants down and the answer Lewis wrote was “Yes and attack her,” according to the affidavit. The detective asked if he was going to try to have sex with her because he was mad and he said yes, according to the affidavit.

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