Virginia man raped a woman at a campsite during a hike, police said

virginia man goes on hike with woman arrested for raping her at his campsite
Source: Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office, Mega

Jun. 29 2021, Published 12:55 p.m. ET

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After going on a hike with a woman, a Virginia man raped his date at a campsite, according to police.

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On June 27, police responded to Winchester Medical Center to interview a woman who said she was sexually assaulted, according to authorities and reported by The Northern Virginia Daily.

During the interview, the woman said she and Keith Barb, 36, went on a hike together and returned to a vehicle around 8 p.m. where they had consensual sex.

However, police said Barb wanted to commit a certain sexual act, but the woman said no.

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Officials said the woman did not have cell phone service and could not call anyone as Barb took her to a campsite where he was living. Authorities said Barb asked the woman to lie with him in the tent once they got to the campsite.

Then he forced himself upon her, committing a sex act, and covered her mouth when she screamed. Barb also strangled her where she lost consciousness, police said.

During the night, the woman made attempts to leave, but Barb dragged her back to the tent and stopped her from getting away by using intimidation tactics because it “was a game to him,” The Northern Virginia Daily reported.

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According to authorities, the woman had bruising on her arms, scrapes on her legs and bruising on her neck, which were consistent with the statement she provided.

A rape kit was completed at the hospital and sent to the lab for analysis, police said.

Barb is facing one count each of rape, strangulation and abduction, authorities said.

He is currently being held at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail without bond, officials said.

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