Man sentenced in 2006 eye-gouging arrested in Norwich sexual assault case
Norwich — A Superior Court judge in Norwich set a $750,000 bond Wednesday for a Norwich man charged with punching, strangling, stabbing and raping his ex-girlfriend.
Raymond Holloway, 42, of 221 Broad St. faces multiple felony charges linked to the incident, including first-degree sexual assault, second-degree assault, second-degree strangulation and first-degree unlawful restraint. Holloway is the same man who served prison time for gouging out a man’s eye with his finger during a robbery in New London in 2004.
Police said they responded at 8:46 p.m. Tuesday to a Boswell Avenue apartment for a reported stabbing. There, they found the 43-year-old female victim’s daughter crying, telling police her mother was raped and stabbed and the perpetrator was still in the house, according to the police report prepared by arresting Officer Scott Dupointe.
Holloway, who was bleeding from his forehead and knuckles and apparently under the influence of alcohol or drugs, emerged from the house and was taken into custody at gunpoint without incident, police said.
The victim’s daughter said she had arrived at her mother’s home to pick up her dog when she heard her mother inside, screaming, “Help me, help me, he’s raping me, he has a knife, help me,” according to the police report.
The daughter and the girlfriend she was with started banging on doors and windows in an attempt to get in, the girlfriend eventually yanking out an air conditioning unit and climbing inside. Meanwhile, the daughter enlisted a neighbor to kick in the front door, according to police.
The daughter’s girlfriend told police that inside, she saw Holloway holding a knife to the victim’s chest. She grabbed a steel pan from the kitchen cabinet and smacked Holloway in the head. Both women were able to get out of the house when the neighbor kicked in the door, according to the police narrative.
The victim, in an interview with police, said she had recently broken up with Holloway after a yearlong relationship but had met up with him Tuesday after he called to tell her “he missed her and loved her,” according to the police report. At some point during the meeting, the two attempted to have sex, according to the police report. He was unable to perform, the victim told police.
While the two were sharing drinks and smoking marijuana, the victim said a man she was interested in visited the house. Although Holloway did not initially appear upset, she said things took a turn for the worse when Holloway came at her with a knife, placed it on the side of her neck and said, “... you (ain’t) going to be with anyone if (you’re) not going to be with me, (I’ll) cut your throat before you leave,” according to the police report.
The victim said Holloway repeatedly punched her in the face, gripped her neck with his hand to the point where she was having trouble breathing and ordered her to take her clothes off. She said he then raped her.
Police said the victim sustained a contusion and laceration to her right eye, numerous superficial cuts to her neck and a small puncture wound to the chest.
At court, Judge Timothy Bates issued a protective order banning Holloway from contact with the victim and continued the case to June 20. Holloway, assigned a public defender, did not enter a plea.
Records show Holloway was sentenced June 16, 2006, to 10 years in prison, suspended after five years served, and five years of probation. He was released from prison on Oct. 18, 2010, a Department of Correction official said.
Staff writer Izaskun E. Larrañeta contributed to this report.
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