A case conference a week ago for a 28-year-old Ardmore man charged in the July 13 kidnapping/ rape of a Fox woman has led to the scheduling of a preliminary hearing.
Gregory Armstrong and his attorney Michael Tipps appeared before Special District Judge Carson Brooks Sept. 8. During the conference, Armstrong confirmed he would exercise his rights to a preliminary hearing. Brooks subsequently set the hearing at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14.
Armstrong was arrested by Carter County deputies after the victim managed to escape and reported the crimes.
The local man is accused of breaking into the victim’s SUV and hiding in the back of the vehicle. When the victim got in and began driving, Armstrong allegedly commandeered the SUV, and held the woman at gunpoint while he sexually assaulted her.
Armstrong was formally charged July 14 by District Attorney Craig Ladd who filed charges of kidnapping, attempted first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, feloniously pointing a firearm, possession of firearm during the commission of a felony and second-degree burglary.
He made an initial appearance before Brooks the same day.
The judge set bond on the charges at $75,000 and stipulated the defendant have no contact with the victim pending the outcome of the case.
Armstrong remains detained in the Carter County Detention Center pending the posting of bond.
If convicted he faces up to 20 years on the kidnapping charge; up to life without parole on the rape by instrumentation charge; up to two years on both of the firearms charges, not less than five years on the rape charge and up to seven years on the burglary charge.