Man held for attacking woman inside US gurdwara, charged for rape attempt

March 29, 2017 08:51 PM

Gresham (Oregon) : A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged with attempted rape and assault after he attacked a woman inside a gurdwara in the US state of Oregon.

Timothy Walter Schmidt was intoxicated and was walking by the shrine in the Oregon town of Gresham Sunday night. He asked to use a restroom at the gurdwara and was allowed inside.

When Schmidt came out of the bathroom, he saw a 26-year-old female temple member inside the building and attacked her, a report in Fox 12 Oregon said.

According to Detective Adam Baker, a temple member heard the commotion and pulled off Schmidt of the woman and held him down until police arrived.

Schmidt was lodged into the Multnomah County Jail and charged with assault, coercion, attempted rape, sex abuse and unlawful use of a weapon.

Rights group 'The Sikh Coalition' said it was "grateful" to Gresham law enforcement officials for arresting the accused.

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