CORAL GABLES, Fla. – A Florida woman who says she was kidnapped and raped before escaping from her attackers shared her story with reporters.
"This is definitely a life-changing situation, where I don't know how I'm ever going to get over this," the woman, who asked not to be identified, said Monday from her attorney's office in Coral Gables.
The woman said she was backing out of a Publix parking lot July 9 at 155 E. Second Ave. when she was approached by Rashada Hurley, 32.
"I roll my window down. They're asking for directions," the woman recalled.
That’s when Hurley allegedly struck the woman in the head, causing her to lose consciousness.
When she regained consciousness, Timothy Lowe, 37, was driving the vehicle, police said, and the woman was on her side getting choked by Hurley, who also punched her in the nose and mouth.
"I got punched and I don’t remember what happened," the woman said. "I woke up and I was in the car."
Lowe drove the car to a Motel 6 at 7330 N.W. 36th St., where Hurley booked a room using the woman's credit card.
The woman said once she was inside the motel room, her attackers, who are newlyweds from Georgia, took turns raping her.
"He did what he did first, and then she did what she did," the woman said she made her escape when they got distracted while trying to open her phone.
"When I finally did escape, I was running in the street naked," she said. "A gentleman finally pulled over, and I told him what had happened."
The couple later left the motel in the woman's car, police said. The next day, on July 10, police said the couple stole two sodas from a Miami 7-Eleven while naked.
Police caught Lowe and Hurley shortly after and arrested them on charges of kidnapping, robbery, sexual battery, indecent exposure, petty theft and grand theft.
"These people are not well," the woman's attorney, Carlos Silva, said. "They're sick and demented. They should be put to sleep."
The woman said she hopes her ordeal serves as a lesson for others.
"I want everybody to be aware of their surroundings," she said.