Cops: Woman Bites Off Suspected Rapist's Tongue During Pre-Dawn Attack

As the suspect allegedly forcibly kissed her, the 33-year-old woman told police she bit his tongue until hearing a 'snap'

Photo: North Charleston Police Dept.

An alleged would-be rapist reportedly had his tongue bitten off after police say he targeted a 33-year-old woman in a failed, early morning attack last week in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Deputy Chief David Cheatle of the North Charleston Police Department tells PEOPLE that Antoine Miller, 16, has been charged as an adult on individual burglary, weapons possession, kidnapping, assault and criminal sexual conduct counts. Miller is being held on $500,000 and has yet to appear before a judge to enter a plea, according to court records.

According to Miller’s arrest report, the alleged victim told police that she awoke to a knock at her front door on the morning of October 16th. She said she opened her door, but no one was there. After returning to bed, she allegedly heard a second knock. She said that again, she answered the door, but there was again no one on her stoop, the report states.

The woman said she was back in her bed when the home’s doorbell rang, the report states. She said she opened the door and stepped out onto her porch when she noticed a man standing just feet from her. She told cops she cried out, “No!” before turning to run back inside. She said she tried to close the door behind her, but she claimed Miller forced his way into her house.

The woman claimed Miller tackled her to the floor and punched her in the face repeatedly. She said she struggled with Miller, who allegedly told her, “Stop fighting and I won’t hurt you.” He allegedly wanted to know where her bed was and allegedly “picked her up and placed her over his shoulder and took her through her house to the bedroom.”

The report claims Miller allegedly dropped the woman on the bed and started pulling the woman’s shorts off when she kicked him in the groin, continuing to resist. In response, Miller allegedly told his purported victim, “Now, you have to die.”

The woman told North Charleston detectives that at this point, Miller moved in closer, and “shoved his tongue down in her mouth,” according to the arrest report. The woman said “she ‘bit his tongue as hard as she could until she heard it snap.'” She said she had bitten Miller’s tongue off completely, the report states.

Miller allegedly recoiled in pain, “screaming.” The woman told investigators she then ran away from him and hopped in her car, and then called police at a nearby gas station.

Cops allege they caught up with Miller some five miles away at a waffle house after his mother called 911 seeking medical assistance for her son. The arrest report claims that doctors were trying to reattach Miller’s tongue.

The woman sustained some bruising around one of her eyes, as well as facial swelling and scratches on her left knee and foot, the report claims.

Miller has yet to retain an attorney, according to court records.

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