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Man placed on house arrest until rape trial

| Saturday, May 6, 2006

An 18-year-old Fayette County man will be held under house arrest and restricted from going to Saltlick and Springfield townships while awaiting trial on charges he raped a chronically ill woman after breaking into her home last month.

Raymond Lucas "Luke" Prinkey, of 213 Harris Road, Normalville, Springfield Township, waived his right Friday to a preliminary hearing before District Judge Robert W. Breakiron, of Bullskin Township.

The 66-year-old woman, who has multiple sclerosis, told state police at Uniontown that a young man broke into her Saltlick Township home around 11 p.m. April 23 and raped her. He then put a blindfold on her, police said.

Trooper George Mrosko Jr. said Prinkey made a statement admitting that he broke into the home, raped the woman and stole $800, according to an affidavit of probable cause. Prinkey was looking for money and drugs, especially OxyContin, according to a criminal complaint.

Police allege Prinkey used a key he found on a porch beneath a flower pot he moved so he could look into the residence. An anonymous telephone tip to the Connellsville Police Department led police to Prinkey, according to the affidavit.

The woman had been living alone but now has someone with her at all times, her daughter said yesterday.

The woman did not know Prinkey, the daughter said.

"She's scared," the daughter said. "That's been our home. I'm scared for that to happen."

According to the revised bond conditions, Prinkey will stay in Connellsville with his mother, Lori Prinkey. He was to be fitted with an electronic monitoring device yesterday afternoon.

Prinkey had been free on $25,000 bond before yesterday's hearing. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim or her family.

Prinkey was represented yesterday by attorney David S. Shrager, who is the defense counsel for Prinkey's father, Raymond Michael "Mike" Prinkey, 49, of Springfield Township, in a homicide case.

Connellsville police charged the elder Prinkey with the Oct. 19 fatal shooting of a Pittsburgh man, James Cononico, who was dating Lori Prinkey.

The shooting happened about two weeks after Lori Prinkey had moved out of the home she shared with her husband, according to testimony at a November preliminary hearing.

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