The alleged victim in a recent kidnapping managed to untie herself and flee through a window after being raped repeatedly by her attacker, whom she believed to be the maintenance man at her apartment building, according to court documents.

The woman told police the man broke into her apartment unit early on Oct. 28, threatened her with a knife and forced her to drive and park at a Terre Haute shopping center before making her get into a truck driven by a young woman.

Larry J. Sharps, 36, of Brazil was formally charged Friday in Vigo County with one count of burglary, a class-B felony; one count of criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, a class-B felony; and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a class-C felony, in connection with the case. The Vigo County Prosecutor’s Office also has filed a habitual offender charge against Sharps.

He faces charges of rape and criminal confinement in Clay County.

Sharps was arrested Oct. 29 by Brazil police after the alleged victim, and the female driver of the truck, gave nearly identical accounts of the kidnapping and assault.

The female witness, who was Sharps’ 17-year-old girlfriend, told police she had not known what Sharps planned to do.

She had no explanation for why she did not help the victim escape from Sharps, according to a police affidavit.

Among other details alleged in the police affidavit:

• The victim was only familiar with Sharps as the apartment complex maintenance man, she said, and she knew his name was “Larry.” He had fixed the bathroom faucet in her apartment a few weeks earlier.

• Sharps made the victim write a note and leave it in the apartment stating she was going to her mother’s house.

• Sharps made his girlfriend drive the truck to his house in Brazil, where he tied up the victim and raped her repeatedly. She was able to untie herself and escape to a neighbor’s house, where she called police.

Police obtained additional information and evidence through interviews and a search warrant served at the suspect’s residence.

Sharps called police around 5 p.m. Oct. 29, and asked if police were looking for him. He voluntarily went to the Clay County jail, where he was interviewed, then arrested.

Sharps is expected in Vigo County Court for arraignment this week, but Prosecutor Terry Modesitt said he is not sure which day Sharps will be returned from Clay County, where he remains in jail.

Deb Kelly can be reached at (812) 231-4254 or deb.mckee@tribstar.com.

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