Witness talks about attempted rape, kidnapping in Harrisburg

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Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- Investigators say a Harrisburg man tried to rape his neighbor in broad daylight Tuesday.

Two of her neighbors witnessed convicted felon, Rico Rodriquez Holmes, force his way inside a woman's home.

A scream caught Tony Price's attention Tuesday afternoon on Fenwick Street.

"Screamed to the top of her lungs. It just seemed like she was getting killed,"said Tony Price.

Price, who is in a wheelchair, and another homeowner say they saw their neighbor, convicted felon Rico Rodriquez Holmes, push his way into a woman's home.

"I was thinking this guy was inside assualting her and it was just eating me up that I couldn't get out of this wheelchair and go help her," said Price.

Warrants describe what went on inside while Price and his other neighbor called police.

Investigators say Holmes held a knife to her throat, forced her to a bedroom and threw her onto the bed.

Investigators say he "asked her multiple times to take her clothes off", tried "to pull her pants down" and told her "he was going to kill her if she did not stop screaming."

"Her kids were home. I was so worried about her kids," said Price.

The woman fighting for her life inside was able to negotiate with Holmes. Warrants say she gave Holmes $140 to leave her home.

"He left out of her house with money in his hand," said Price.

Holmes is now back behind bars facing charges for attempted rape, aggravated assualt, kidnapping, home invasion and armed robbery.

"She got kids over there. There's not telling what they are going through. They aren't going to get over that," said Price. "Their mama being assaulted like that. They will never get over it."

The woman police say Holmes assualted talked to News 12 reporter Kelly Wiley off camera. She says she the money she gave Holmes was the money her daughters raised in Girl Scout Cookies sales.

She told News 12 Reporter Kelly Wiley that her kids were playing in the backyard during the assualt.

Holmes previously pleaded guilty to two robberies that happened in 2012. He served two years in Richmond County jail and eight years with the Georgia Department of Corrections.

He served 10 years of a 20 year sentence.

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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man they say dragged a woman into her home in Harrisburg and tried to rape her.

38-year-old Rico Rodriguez Holmes is charged with Kidnapping, Attempted Rape, Aggravated Assault, Home Invasion and Armed Robbery after an incident a victim says happened on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

According to an affidavit, Holmes knocked on the door at a home on the 1900 block of Fenwick Street Tuesday. When a woman answered the door, she says he forced himself inside and held a knife to her throat. He said he would kill her if she didn't stop screaming.

The report then states Holmes forced the victim to her bedroom and pushed her onto the bed before telling her to take off her clothes. He also tried to pull her pants down.

The victim was able to convince her attacker to leave her home after "negotiating" and giving him $140 in cash.

An arrest warrant reveals that Holmes lives just down the street from the victim, about three blocks down.

Holmes was arrested later that same day.

Check back with News 12 for the latest on this developing story.