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Evening of video poker ends with alleged rape

It began as a casual night out with a friend, but ended in terror.

On June 10, after an evening playing video poker, a 41-year-old Forest Grove woman returned to her apartment around 10 p.m. to take a shower and was later interrupted by multiple knocks on her apartment door.

The woman thought it might be the friend she’d just been with, but it was not. Standing there was a man with a ski mask. She attempted to slam the door but the man forced his way in — a knife in one hand, a hammer in the other — according to a probable cause affidavit released by Forest Grove Police July 15.

The document, signed by Sgt. Michael Smith, says the man used the hammer to hit the woman (the News-Times does not name victims in rape cases) on the head, causing her to fall to the floor, where he later raped her.

The woman put up a fight and tried gouging the man’s eyes, then crawled on the floor to try and get away. But he made sure his grip was tight and held her down, putting a knife between her legs and wrapping a black cord around her neck. He uttered profanities before he raped her.

The woman noticed the man wore white and blue plaid boxer shorts and caught a glimpse of his eye, cheek and nose. He seemed to be a couple inches taller than six feet and he spoke in a voice similar to her neighbor’s — a man who lived directly below her.

As he left her apartment, the woman noticed a distinct hump on her attacker’s back.

According to the affidavit, the woman had been encountering problems with her downstairs neighbor, James Gialloreto, since shortly after she moved in. She told police he would yell at her, bang on the floor when she was home and masturbate in front of his window for her and passersby to see.

Her memories of the attack provided enough clues for police to conduct a search of Gialloreto’s apartment, where they found boxer shorts and a knife similar to those the woman described.

Inside the woman’s apartment, detectives found two hammers, including one that she kept by her door out of fear of Gialloreto. A wood-handled hammer found on the rug where the rape occurred had the woman’s DNA on its striking surface.

On July 15 police arrested Gialloreto, 49, at his place of employment in Aloha and charged him with first-degree rape, first-degree robbery, second-degree assault, first-degree burglary, unlawful use of a weapon and strangulation.

He was arraigned a day later in Washington County Circuit Court.

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