News From Terre Haute, Indiana

April 14, 2014

Police arrest TH man on suspicion of rape

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — A Terre Haute man has been arrested on suspicion of a rape that reportedly occurred earlier this month at a southside residence.

Robert J. Fugate, 39, appeared via video in Vigo Superior Court 1 on Monday, where probable cause was found for his arrest related to an April 6 incident.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department reports that a woman living in the 1200 block of East Dawn Drive reported that Fugate was her neighbor, and that he knocked at her door late one evening and forced himself on her after she answered the door. The alleged victim said that she repeatedly told Fugate that she did not want to have sex with him, but he persisted.

The incident was reported to police on Thursday.

Fugate was booked into the Vigo County Jail on Friday. He is scheduled to return to court Wednesday for the filing of formal charges.