A Hartford man is being accused of raping a woman in broad daylight on Monday, not far from the state capitol.
Hartford police said 26-year-old Allen Oakes attacked the woman as she walked on Clinton Street after leaving work at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
The victim was walking near 10 Clinton St. and told police that she was attacked from behind and raped.
She told police that she was walking to a parking lot behind a church when she was pushed to the ground.
Oakes told police he was under the influence of synthetic marijuana, saw the woman walk by and decided to attack her.
"Once he started to follow her, he heard voices in his head telling him to grab her," a police report stated.
The victim elbowed the suspect and started screaming, which is when he ran toward Bushnell Park and two of the victim's co-workers chased him.
"I think one of the things that made this particularly dramatic was that it was during the day, that it did happen in the afternoon with bright daylight, with everyone around," said Lewis Button of Hartford.
Oakes was arrested and charged with first-degree assault and second-degree breach of peace and is being held on a $750,000 bond.
Oakes has eight past convictions for burglary and larceny.
DEEP said in a statement that it has reached out to the victim, offering her assistance.
"The Department of Administrative Services, which provides building security to our DEEP headquarters and state employee parking lots, has been informed of this incident and is conducting its own investigation into the matter," DEEP said in a statement.
Anyone interested in requesting an escort to accompany them to their vehicle should contact a security officer for 79 Elm St.
"Obviously we are very concerned. We always thought this was a safe area, at least during the day," said Peggy Reeves of West Hartford.
Some workers are using a "buddy system" going to and from work now to be safe.
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