Woman threatens alleged rapist with knife after attacking teen

Woman threatens alleged rapist with knife after attacking teen

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by RAD BERKY / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 9 at 9:54 AM

CHERRYVILLE, N.C. -- An 18-year-old Cherryville woman said a friend's quick action saved her from being raped Saturday night.

The teenager was visiting 30-year-old Dana Burleson at her home on South Jacob Street when they heard a noise in the downstairs hallway.

The teenager said when she went to look there was a man there who started yelling at her in Spanish.

She told NBC Charlotte that the man pushed her into a bedroom and forced her down on a couch where he attempted to rape her.

"I didn't know what to think. I was just scared," said the teenager who didn't want her identity revealed.

She recalled yelling for help and that’s when her friend sprung into action. Burleson grabbed a knife from the kitchen and confronted the man, ordering him to get out.

"Dana pulled out a knife, but didn't touch him with it," the teen said. "She's just telling him like, 'You need to get out of here. I've got a knife and I'm calling the law so get out of here now.'"

The intruder ran out the front door and took off in a car.

Another person was able to get the tag number of the car and called police.

Based on the tag and a description provided by the women, police later arrested 53-year-old Juan Villalobos of Lincolnton on sexual assault charges.

The 18-year-old said she is glad her friend had the presence of mind to grab the knife and help her.

"You know, I could have been hurt, killed, anything." she said.

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