Police: Dog scares would-be rapist away

August 25, 2010 1:51:41 PM PDT
Dover police say a woman's dog scared off a would-be rapist in her apartment.

The suspect was arrested later at his home.

Police say the 18-year-old woman was in her apartment Tuesday about 2 p.m. when she heard a knock on her bedroom door. Authorities say the man, who did not have permission to be in her apartment, grabbed the woman and tried to rape her.

The woman's dog, a pit bull, started acting aggressively, and the man fled.

Thirty-year-old James B. Benson Jr. of Dover was arrested Wednesday and charged with attempted rape and other offenses. He is being held after failing to post $51,500 bail.