Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Husband shoots out estranged wife's car's windshield after aborted sexual encounter

Donald H. Hiller, 47, was arraigned for the attempted rape and kidnapping of his 40 year old wife Mary on Tuesday, August 26. Mary Hiller, estranged and pregnant, of Torrington, CT, told authorities she was lured to her husband’s house the previous day when he faked a suicide attempt in Winsted, CT.

Hiller told police her husband, who appeared to be intoxicated, demanded sex. She used the bathroom and emerged to find him holding a gun he identified as a .44 magnum."I was never more scared in my life," she told police. "Don turned toward my vehicle and the gun went off. The bullet struck my windshield. I screamed."Police found a bullet hole in the windshield of Mary Hiller's 2002 Ford Escape, with corresponding holes in the seats and tailgate.

After the abuser asked her to strip, she did, then backed out of the sexual encounter. "I told him 'no,' and started to get dressed,” then scratched him in the face and punched him in the groin. She called 911 from the bedroom. When the call was disconnected, she fled to the car, where she waited for police, who arrested her naked husband – and attacker.

The couple is going through divorce mediation, according to statements made by Mary Hiller. She told police she is seven weeks pregnant and served her husband with divorce papers in July after a tumultuous six-year relationship.Civil court records posted online do not include a divorce case.

Donald Hiller's pickup truck contained a .40 caliber handgun, but a search of his house included no other weapons finds. He is being held on $250,000 bond on attempted sexual assault of a spouse, 1st degree criminal mischief, and 1st degree reckless endangerment, among other charges.

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