Maui dressing room sex assault victim testifies

Charles Cowans
Charles Cowans

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - The victim of a Maui dressing room sexual assault says she thought she was going to die.

The 33-year-old woman testified Wednesday during a preliminary hearing for Charles Cowans, accused of last week's violent attack in a store dressing room.

The Maui News reports she became faint when he put both hands around her neck and squeezed after he pulled her back into the dressing room. She says he ripped off her shorts and sexually assaulted her.

Cowans is charged with sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and kidnapping. A judge increased his bail to $1 million.

District Judge Adrianne Heely calls the woman's testimony credible and courageous.

A prosecutor says the alleged attack happened a day after Cowans was released from jail.

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