Henrico man in court, accused of raping foster mother

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HENRICO COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A Henrico man will face a judge Wednesday, accused of raping his foster mother at knife point.

Eighteen-year-old Arturo Lopez may know by the end of the day Wednesday what his fate will be, following what we are told will only be a one day jury trial.

It was early in the morning on April 9 in the neighborhood near Interstate 64 and Staples Mill Road.

According to testimony in court, 18-year-old Arturo Lopez needed some medicine, but what allegedly happened next was anything but routine.

We're told Lopez went upstairs to get his foster mother. The woman then went to get the medicine in the kitchen.  She told a judge that's when Lopez pulled out a knife and held it just inches from her throat.

According to more testimony, there was a death threat made. Lopez then led his foster mother from the kitchen onto the living room floor. She described a rape that seems to last quote, "a really long time." During it all the woman's husband was asleep and didn't know what happened until later.

We're told that foster mother actually went to work and then called police about the whole incident.

Wednesday's jury trial is scheduled to start in Henrico Circuit Court at 10am Wednesday morning.

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