PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A Navy sailor assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush is facing rape and attempted murder charges.
Xavier Johnson was arraigned on Monday.
Johnson is accused of trying to murder a fellow sailor by holding a pillow over her face, including her nose and mouth, strangling her and banging her head against the floor. The victim suffered a concussion, according to court documents. Once the victim was unconscious, Johnson allegedly raped her.
The alleged incident happened in Portsmouth on September 14, 2015.
Johnson is also accused of ripping out the sailor’s hair and impeding in the investigation by telling the victim to recant her original statement and instead say that she fell down the stairs.
Johnson is charged with attempted unpremeditated murder, rape, four counts of aggravated assault, three counts of assault consummated by battery, three counts of obstruction of justice and one count of communicating a threat.
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