A 27-year-old woman who Niagara Falls police say was left to die after she was raped and stabbed escaped out a basement window and made her way to a hospital just across the street.
The injured victim, who was placed in a medically induced coma, got out of the dark basement by propping a ladder against a window and climbing out, Niagara Falls police said.
"I am convinced that if this crime had taken place at any other location in the city, this victim would have died," Chief of Detectives Kelly J. Rizzo said in a news release.
Eduardo E. Rodriguez, 25, has been charged with first-degree rape and first-degree assault, according to police. He was being held without bail.
At some point after Saturday's attack in a home on 10th Street, Rodriguez checked himself into Erie County Medical Center for psychiatric care, police said. Police obtained a warrant and arrested him Tuesday morning at ECMC.
The victim told a guard at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center that she had been held hostage in a house near the hospital. The guard followed a blood trail to a house across the street from the hospital, and pointed police toward the building, police said.
At the house, located at 518 10th St., police found a broken basement window with blood both outside and inside on the sill. No one else was found in the building by officers.
Police executed a search warrant for the home.
The victim was transferred from Memorial to ECMC where she was in critical condition and placed in a medically induced coma.
Detectives were able to interview her Monday night. She told investigators she knew Rodriguez, who she said invited her to his apartment Saturday night.
The victim told police Rodriguez took her into the bedroom of his second-floor apartment and raped her. After the rape, she started walking downstairs to leave through a back door. When she got close to the door, the victim told police Rodriguez pushed her down the basement stairs.
In the basement, she was stabbed "all over her body," police said. When she screamed, Rodriguez punched her in the face and head, she told detectives.
Hospital staff considered several of her stab wounds to be "severe," according to police.
Police said they discovered Rodriguez was on parole and through that information learned he was in ECMC.
Rodriguez began serving a prison sentence of up to 4 years in July 2015 following a conviction for attempted second-degree burglary, a class D felony, according to the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.