Huntington Woman Raped and Kidnapped

By: Doug Korstanje Email
By: Doug Korstanje Email

A Huntington woman believes she would have been killed if she hadn't escaped.

Howard Childers is charged with kidnapping and rape, police calling this case more violent than most they've seen.

The woman said she was forced at knife point in to a car and driven to a remote area across from Huntington High School.

She eventually escaped, but not before being raped, beaten and strangled, the suspect already familiar to police, but not for a crime like this.

Howard Childers was caught on tape five years ago breaking in to a construction trailer at the Western Regional Jail site before the jail opened. Police were able to ID Childers because he looked directly in to a security camera he picked up.

Now Childers is back at the jail, charged with a much more serious crime, kidnapping and rape. A woman was walking along Hal Greer Boulevard last Friday morning when she said Childers abducted her at knife point and drove her to a remote area across Route 10 from Huntington High School.

Sgt. John Williams said it's one of the more violent rape cases he's worked.

The victim said she was tortured and attacked for about an hour, that Childers even tried to strangle her before she escaped without clothes on, and flagged down a passing driver.

Police said despite Childers’ criminal record, there were few clues he was capable of this type of violence.

Now the type of place he once broke in to, could become his permanent home.

The victim's mother praised the quick police work that got Childers behind bars so quickly, hoping this never happens to anyone else. She said no one can fully understand what her daughter has been through.

Childers himself originally agreed to talk to us in jail today, but he changed his mind before we could do the interview.

He is being held without bond until a hearing later this month.

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