Man accused of raping woman twice inside East Liberty apartment

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A man was arraigned this afternoon on charges that he raped a woman twice inside an East Liberty apartment Monday night and tried to strangle her with a telephone cord.

Edward Covington, 56, who has addresses in both East Liberty and Green Tree, faces charges of attempted homicide, rape and other crimes.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette generally does not release the names of accusers in sex crimes unless they consent to being identified.

The woman told police she and Mr. Covington drank and smoked together in his apartment in the 5600 block of Penn Avenue and he confronted her because he thought she went to the Pirates game with another man -- an accusation she denied.

She told police Mr. Covington knocked her to the ground, shoved a towel in her mouth and raped her, according to a criminal complaint. She told officers he stopped, yelled at her and then shoved a towel in her mouth again, placed a blanket on top of her face and raped her again.

The woman told police she bit Mr. Covington's hand to try to get him to stop and he then tried to strangle her with a telephone cord and threatened to kill her and her family.

The woman told police that when Mr. Covington stopped, she asked him to call medics because she was having trouble breathing and he did not.

She said she ran out of the apartment and asked a security guard for help when Mr. Covington went to the bathroom.

Police took Mr. Covington to UPMC Mercy to have his bite wounds and cuts examined and then to the Allegheny County Jail, where he remained this afternoon.

He is being held in lieu of $100,000 bail and faces an Oct. 17 preliminary hearing.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1438. Twitter: @LizNavratil. First Published October 8, 2013 10:08 AM


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