Soldier Arrested For Raping 16-Year-Old Who Played Dead To Survive Ax Attack

Levi Austin Goss is accused of grabbing the girl by her high school and dragging her to a field to attack her. 

It has taken five years, but an arrest has finally been made for the heinous 2013 ax attack of a teenage girl in Texas. According to CW13, Fort Bragg soldier Levi Austin Goss, 24, was arrested on Friday.

According to court documents, the 16-year-old victim was walking to school when she was allegedly attacked by Goss, who was wearing a ninja-style mask covering his head and face. She was attacked very close to the high school.

The victim was then dragged to a field where she was raped and beaten. According to CW13, she was hit in the back of the head with an ax. Police said that after getting hit by the ax, she played dead until Gross left. At that point, she ran for help while covered in blood from head to toe. She found help at a nearby movie theater.

Even though a DNA rape kit was taken at the hospital after her attack, a match wasn’t found until last month. The match was discovered by the Department of the US Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory at Fort Bragg, where Goss was actually stationed. According to ABC News, his DNA was put into the Army's databank because he was already under investigation for another alleged sexual assault, which occurred while Goss was serving as a soldier.

After Goss was linked to the attack, a witness told police that Goss showed up to the Exxon station where she worked to use the bathroom, leaving behind a bloody shirt. The employee was able to pick him out of a police lineup.

It’s unclear if Goss has an attorney who can speak on his behalf at this point. He is currently being held on $1 million bond. According to ABC News, he has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and aggravated kidnapping.

[Photo: Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office]

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