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Fort Towson Man Allegedly Kidnapped Woman For 7 Hours And Raped Her Near Bridge

FORT TOWSON, OK -- We're learning new details in the case of a Fort Towson man accused of kidnapping a woman for 7 hours and raping her.

The suspect is accused of taking the woman to several locations at gunpoint, eventually parking under a bridge. Deputies say they found blood on her bank receipt, and what may have saved her was a train passing in the night.

"The lady said that she'd been abducted and assaulted sexually and physically," says Undersheriff Larry Hendrix.

Deputies say it started around 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 when Richmond Parish Jr., 50, showed up at a home off Red Road north of Fort Towson.

"He just came to the front door, and she went outside to talk to him, and he forced her into the vehicle at gunpoint," says Hendrix.

In her own car, deputies say she was taken to the Choctaw Travel Plaza in Grant, a private home in Fort Towson, and finally to the Kiamichi River bridge on Highway 109 south of town, where Parish allegedly raped her.

He also allegedly tried to force her to take money out of the ATM at McCurtain County National Bank in Valliant. By this time, it was around 5:30 a.m.

Hendrix says it was in Valliant when they had to stop because there was a train crossing on the railroad tracks that the victim was finally able to escape.

"And that's when she decided to get away from him, and that's where she ran, and a lady gave her a ride up to the police station," says Hendrix.

"The lady came from the railroad tracks and she was bloody all over and she told my daughter that she had been raped," says Good Samaritan's mom Alisha Young.

Suddenly, deputies say the ordeal was over. "She just saw the vehicle pull out of traffic, but he never turned around and tried to follow," says Hendrix.

Deputies say there were beer bottles in the vehicle and alcohol was involved. Friends find it hard to believe that Parish would have done such a thing.

"I'm telling you that wouldn't be Ritchie. I knew him since I was 13 years old," says suspect's ex-girlfriend Joycee Felter. "I've never seen him put his hands on a woman ever in my whole entire life."

"We wasn't there. We don't know, so the only thing we can do is go to court," says suspect's son Michael Parish.

"And hope and pray that everything turns out right," says Felter.

Hendrix says they found the vehicle on Aug. 22 near Sawyer and processed it for evidence and Parrish turned himself in the next day.

 Parrish is being held on $200,000 bond and his next court date is Monday. If convicted on the rape charge, he could face 5 years to life in prison. He's also facing a kidnapping charge.