Police: Man Kills Self After Assault

Norwich -- A man accused of sexually assaulting his former girlfriend yesterday morning in Norwich apparently killed himself as state troopers approached his Strafford home, according to a news release.

Norwich police, Vermont State Police and state's attorneys from Orange and Windsor counties declined to identify the 43-year-old man.

Norwich police were notified of an abduction and sexual assault yesterday at approximately 10:50 a.m., while the victim was being treated for injuries sustained during the assault at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, according to the release from Norwich Police Chief Doug Robinson, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The victim, a 48-year-old woman who was not identified, was driving to work yesterday morning when the Strafford man forced his way into the driver's seat of her car, Robinson said. The man then drove her to a secluded spot in Norwich, where he sexually assaulted her while repeatedly threatening to kill himself if she reported the assault, Robinson said in the release.

The victim convinced the man to release her, and he drove her back to his vehicle, which was parked in Lewiston Lot on River Road, Robinson said. As the Strafford man was leaving, the woman saw him take a rifle from his back seat and put it in his front seat, according to Robinson. The woman then drove to the hospital, where her examination revealed evidence of the assault as well as the trauma it caused, Robinson said.

The woman was treated for her injuries and trauma, according to the release.