Fairbanks man charged with sexually assaulting woman in homeless camp

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Published: Aug. 12, 2020 at 4:08 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A Fairbanks man was arrested Saturday for allegedly assaulting and raping a woman. According to charging documents, Aaron Waite-Ober, 40, was arrested after the victim called 911 and dispatchers heard her saying “no,” and asking if he was going to rape her.

Officers responded to a tent in a homeless camp and found the victim and Waite-Ober in the tent, where he stated that they were having sex. The victim was taken to the hospital and said that Waite-Ober had consumed four 1/5 bottles of vodka and two half gallon jugs of vodka while they were staying in a tent last night. She said they went to the homeless camp to visit her uncle. The next morning she said she took Waite-Ober’s cigarettes, at which point he attacked her, hitting and strangling her. He then took off her clothes and began to rape her. She said she eventually passed out.

An investigation revealed that the victim had injuries to her genitals, breasts, face arms and back. Troopers searched the homeless camp and found empty bottles of vodka and a bloodstained pillow. The officer also observed torn clothing that the victim had described.

Waite-Ober was interviewed and denied assaulting the victim, saying instead that she was assaulted downtown and he picked her up and they consumed alcohol together. According to troopers, he had blood on his shirt and hands, and his knuckles on both hands were extremely swollen. Waite-Ober claimed he didn’t know how they became swollen. He was charged with sexual assault in the first degree and assault in the first degree, and transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center.

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