New Details Emerge in “Brutal” East Windsor Rape Case

A newly unsealed arrest warrant details the horror police say a woman endured at the hands of convicted sex offender James Polk during a brutal attack in early March.

The woman told police "she thought she was going to die," according to the warrant for Polk's arrest.

Polk was charged with kidnapping and raping the woman after police caught him in the act at about 3 a.m. on March 5 at Power Service Concepts, the East Windsor business he manages.

Police said the two met earlier that night at a club in town, Mardi Gras II, where the woman was a dancer.

According to the warrant, Polk claimed he wanted to hang out with the victim and told her he had marijuana. He brought her to the business in his pickup truck, which was still warm when police arrived, according to the warrant.

The woman told police that once inside, Polk repeatedly beat and raped her at knife-point, strangled her to the point where she couldn't breathe and even called one of his friends, urging him to join in. The friend declined, the warrant says.

The woman managed to call 911 as Polk raped her, according to the warrant. A dispatcher heard "heavy breathing" and a man's voice before the line went dead. She told officers she "had a bad feeling" about the call.

Before police arrived, Polk poured rubbing alcohol over the victim hoping to remove evidence, according to the warrant.

Officers at the scene shattered a window and broke down a locked office door to rescue the victim, who allegedly told police, "He raped me and tried to kill me!"

According to the warrant, Polk refused to surrender and told officers, "You are going to have to shoot me!" He then slit his own throat.

East Windsor Police Det. Matthew Carl said at the time of Polk's arrest that the victim's injuries were "brutal" and described the case as one of the worst he's ever seen.

It's not Polk's first run-in with the law.

Records show he's a convicted sex offender in three states: Connecticut, New Hampshire and Florida.

Polk is due in Hartford Superior Court on Tuesday and is being held on $1 million bond.

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