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A Knoxville man faces charges after police said he held a woman against her will, beat her, raped her and threatened to kill her with a sword.
Daniel Rabon Wiggers, 33, has been charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated domestic assault, aggravated rape and violation of an order of protection, according to court records.
The alleged abuse occurred after Wiggers got into an argument with the woman. The two had a romantic relationship and had been living together, according to an arrest warrant dated Friday.
The argument escalated, and Wiggers, who lists a North Broadway address, threatened the woman “with a sword by pointing it at her and threatening to kill her,” the warrant reads.
Wiggers bit “her on her face above her eye, struck her several times in the face and head with the side of his fists, elbowed her in the side and scratched her back with his nails,” according to the warrant.
He wouldn’t let her leave the apartment or call E-911, and he held her down and forced her to have sex with him, according to the warrant.
The victim was taken to a hospital. Her condition was not immediately available Sunday.
Wiggers was taken to the Knoxville Police Department’s Safety Building, where police said he admitted to “repeatedly assaulting” the woman and threatening her with the sword. He also claimed the sex was consensual.
Wiggers told police “he thought about killing (the woman) with the sword but changed his mind,” the warrant reads.
This isn’t the first time Wiggers has been accused of beating the victim. In May, a domestic assault charge was set aside providing that Wiggers didn’t get into additional trouble with the victim, court records show.
Wiggers’ preliminary hearing is set for Nov. 6. He was being held Sunday afternoon in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in lieu of $145,500 bond.
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