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Man arrested for sexual assault, vandalizing Middletown police booking room

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Booker Edwards. (Middletown police photo) Booker Edwards. (Middletown police photo)

A man with an active protective order against him was arrest after police said he sexually assaulted a victim and while in custody, vandalized the police department's booking room.

Booker Edwards, 37, first arrived at his ex-girlfriend's home around 4:30 a.m. on Thursday.

It was the first of three visits.

Police said the ex-girlfriend, with whom Edwards has children, has the protective order against Edwards.

The incident began after a complaint was made that a man wearing a black shirt and gray sweatpants flashed a gun to family members.

When he arrived at the home, the victim was sleeping. However, she told police that Edwards has a key to her apartment and let himself into it.

She reported that Edwards woke her up and told her to go downstairs. She said Edwards slapped and threatened her with a knife. He even went as far as to press the knife against her neck.

She told police that he was going to kill her because she "causes too many problems." He also stated he would kill all of her family members.

Edwards then made her take her clothes off and they had sex. She said if she refused, Edwards would cut or slap her.

The suspect returned the the victim's home around 3 p.m. on Thursday.

He came back into the home through the use of his key. Police said he slapped the victim twice in front of her children and again several times in the kitchen.

Police said the victim had a small cut on her left arm that happened at some point during the two altercations.

Edwards left for about an hour before returning for the third and final time.

This time, however, he stayed outside and never had contact with the woman.

He was seen running into the woods.

Edwards was found hiding from officers, police said.

After they brought him to the department, police said he acted violent, hostile and threatening. He grabbed a computer monitor in the booking room and threw it. They also said he pulled apart a metal wire cage in the area that was meant to separate prisoners from officers.

Police said they couldn't fingerprint him due to his aggressive behavior.

He was eventually charged with second-degree threatening, sexual assault, first-degree reckless endangerment, two counts of risk of injury, first-degree unlawful restraint, interfering with an officer, third-degree assault, criminal violation of a protective order and failure to submit to fingerprinting.

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