AUSTIN - Police have charged a man in connection to the burglary and sexual assault of a woman in her home near the Cherrywood neighborhood in early September.
According to an arrest affidavit, Christopher Newberry, 43, was identified by the victim in the assault. The victim told police she let her dog go outside around 9:30 a.m. Sept. 3 and went back to bed, and that she heard the door close as she laid back down in bed. Newberry then allegedly entered her bedroom carrying a two-foot metal bar. The victim said Newberry charged at her and struck her with the bar and jumped on top of her.
The affidavit alleges Newberry grabbed the victim by her hair and told her that he was going to make her his girlfriend. He also allegedly threatened to kill her if she did not comply. According to the affidavit, Newberry said he knew where the victim kept a weapon before punching her in the head several times and sexually assaulting her.
The victim told police she kneed Newberry in the groin when he briefly let go of his hair. She then opened the back door and fled through her yard. The affidavit states the victim jumped over her fence and ran toward the street screaming for help. APD officers were responding to a burglary call near Wilshire Boulevard and heard the victim screaming.
The affidavit went on to say the victim ran to the officer’s patrol vehicle, with Newberry behind her. Officers arrested Newberry at the scene on allegations he burglarized another residence in the victim’s neighborhood. The victim later provided a statement to police and identified Newberry in a photographic lineup as the man who burglarized her house and sexually assaulted her.
Newberry was booked into the Travis County Jail on the day of the alleged assault, Sept. 3. Online jail records state he is being held on multiple charges in lieu of combined $455,000 bond. A booking photo was not available as of 12 p.m. Thursday.
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