Woman handcuffed to bench in basement dragged it outside to get help, police say

An Illinois woman who was allegedly abducted and raped escaped when she dragged the workout bench she was handcuffed to out of a Roscoe residence, the Rockford Register Star reported.

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The woman, 34, was naked, bleeding and handcuffed to the bench when she was found by a neighbor Wednesday, the newspaper reported.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Winnebago County that was obtained by the newspaper, the woman returned to her home Wednesday after taking her children to school. She said when she entered her home, Matthew Harkey, 43, "was there trying to hide," the Register Star reported.

According to the complaint, Harkey moved the woman to another home and held the woman unlawfully in the basement. The complaint alleges Harkey entered the basement with intent to commit sexual assault and theft, WIFR reported.

Harkey faces charges of home invasion, aggravated criminal sexual assault, unlawful restraint and residential burglary, the Register Star reported. He was arrested early Thursday in Piatt County after he led police on a chase and crashed his Nissan Rogue, WIFR reported.

Police said the home where the rape and assault allegedly took place belongs to a member of Harkey's family, the Register Star reported.

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