Woman Bites Man's Genitals To Stop Rape, Police Say

The victim continued to fight off John Patton with a coffee table for hours before he eventually let her go, according to authorities.

A Louisiana woman bit a man's genitals to stop a rape, then used a coffee table to defend herself from his knife attacks for several hours, before he let her go, police said.

Westwego police officers later arrested John Patton, 54, after police tried for seven hours to make contact with the suspect in his home before using a canister of gas to get him to emerge, according to a press release from police. He was charged with second-degree rape, false imprisonment while armed with a weapon and aggravated sexual battery.

The incident occurred Friday evening after the woman, 50, whose name has not been released, arranged to meet a man she'd met online through "Plenty of Fish" for drinks. The pair had been planning to meet at a local daiquiri shop; however, police said Patton asked the woman if she'd be able to meet at his residence instead so that he'd be able to introduce her to his sister.

The woman agreed, but soon discovered the plan had been a ruse after she walked down a hallway in the home to meet the woman and saw that no one was there. Police said Patton then put his hand over her mouth and dragged her into a bedroom where he demanded sex.

The woman agreed "out of fear," police said, but the man was unable to perform. He then demanded oral sex, but the woman bit his genitals before running out of the bedroom into the living room.

When she tried to flee, she discovered the front door was locked and could only be opened with a key.

Police said Patton grabbed a knife from the kitchen and followed after the woman. She lunged at him and grabbed the knife, cutting her hands in the process.

Naked and afraid she used a coffee table in the living room to defend herself from Patton, who had gotten a second knife, police said.

"She was just cowering in the corner with the table. He approached several times (with a knife), and she fought him off with it," Westwego Police Department Lt. Eric Orlando, told the The Times-Picayune.

The woman continued to defend herself throughout the night until approximately 9 a.m. Saturday morning when Patton allegedly gave the woman her clothes, unlocked the door and told her to leave, police said.

After she escaped, she drove to a store and called 911. Police arrived at Patton's residence but were unable to make contact with him. Orlando said police tried knocking on his door, calling him and using a public address system for seven hours before officers decided to deploy a gas canister.

He was taken into custody a short time later. 

He is currently in custody at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center where he's being held on a $550,000 bond, police said.

Patton has a previous aggravated possession of cocaine conviction and had been out on parole at the time of the incident, Fox News reports.

[Photo: Westwego Police Department]

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