New Castle News

October 7, 2013

Man suspected of raping woman at gunpoint turns self in

By Staff
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police have arrested a man who allegedly raped a woman at gunpoint and pistol-whipped and robbed her.

Chief Bobby Salem said that Tylan Craig Huddleston, 18, of 1102 Booker Drive turned himself in to police yesterday, accompanied by a relative.

He was charged Friday with one count each of rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, simple assault, terroristic threats, robbery, theft, receiving stolen property, unlawful restraint and offensive weapons and two counts of aggravated assault.

The police additionally had arrested Brie Anne Hilton, 30, who has addresses on Elmwood and Pearson streets, with retaliation against a witness or victim for her alleged knowledge about the Sept. 28 incident.

The police were summoned around 8:30 p.m. that night to Jameson Hospital regarding a rape. The alleged victim was stabilized on a backboard and had head lacerations and cuts on her knee, police said.

The woman told police she had made plans to go out with Hilton, and while she was outside at Hilton’s house, a man later identified as Huddleston asked her for a ride to the store.

The woman said she told him she didn’t know him and that Hilton, who was talking on a phone, motioned to her that it was OK for her to give him a ride.

The woman said she drove Huddleston to a nearby convenience store and he got out of the car, then got back in a few minutes later and put a gun to her head.

She told police that he held a gun to her head the entire time while ordering her to drive around the East Side. She said he threw her phone out the car window and made her park across from the tennis courts in Gaston Park.

She told police that, continuously at gunpoint, he ordered her into the back seat and forced her to have various types of sex with him.

A red truck approached and Huddleston told her if she said anything he would kill her, she told police. He got out of the car and talked to men in the truck, then it left and he demanded all of her money.

She said she gave him $140 and he rooted through her car looking for more money, then he ordered her to drive around the East Side again, still at gunpoint.

 She said Huddleston ordered her to park near the Lawrence County jail, behind the red truck that had been at Gaston Park. He told her to turn off her car and throw her keys out the window.

She said she opened the door to throw out the keys and she got out and ran and fell. She said Huddleston caught her and struck her in the forehead with the gun and knocked her unconscious, and when she awoke he was gone, according to reports.

She said she ran to a nearby store to call the police.

The victim in an interview two days later told police she later asked Hilton if she had set her up. She said she asked Hilton who the man was and Hilton would change the subject.

The woman picked Huddleston out of a photo lineup and said she reviewed messages in Hilton’s phone between her and Huddleston, allegedly about the rape, police said.

Hilton was arraigned Friday by District Judge Scott McGrath, who set her jail bond at $5,000. McGrath arraigned Huddleston late yesterday afternoon.

Huddleston, whose street nicknames according to police are “Little Hudd” and “Young Savage,” was wanted on a warrant until yesterday.