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SUV in her family’s garage

A Bozeman man was arrested early Friday morning for allegedly raping an 8-year-old girl while she was sleeping in an SUV in her family’s garage.

According to charging documents, the victim’s family had returned home from the fair around 12:30 a.m. The family parked in the garage and let the young girl, who was already asleep, rest in the vehicle.

About an hour later, the victim’s 12-year-old brother heard his sister yelling, “stop” and “don’t” from the garage. When the boy went to the garage, he found a man in a white t-shirt and nothing else. He helped his sister inside, locked the door, and then roused his mother and said he thought someone was trying to steal the car.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and found a man, identified as Russell Bullock, in the tall grass next to the family’s house. Deputies later interviewed the victim. She said Bullock touched her face and “somewhere else,” charging documents state.

Deputies transported the victim to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital where doctors confirmed that she had bruising on her back, shoulders and inner thighs and “excessive swelling” and fluid in her vagina.

Bullock was taken to jail where he agreed to speak with detectives. He told investigators he was at Music on Main in Bozeman and then got a ride to the Cat’s Paw to purchase a bottle of Whisky. After buying the alcohol, Bullock said the men assaulted him and dropped him off at an “unknown location,” court documents state.

Court records don’t indicate whether Bullock talked to law enforcement about raping the 8-year-old girl.

Bullock was charged with aggravated burglary and sexual assault without consent. His bail was set at $1 million by a Gallatin County Justice Court Judge Monday morning.

A Three Forks woman was arrested over the weekend for possession of dangerous drugs and paraphernalia charges after a sheriff deputy found hypodermic needles and meth in her car.

According to court documents, Deputy Sheriff Daniel Haydon was on patrol in Three Forks near a railroad crossing when he saw a car approach him with only one headlight early Sunday morning.

Haydon flagged down the vehicle and it stopped.

A woman opened her car door and the deputy could “clearly see hypodermic needles sitting on the floor of the driver’s seat,” the affidavit states.

The driver, identified as Crystal Lynn Harris, admitted that the needles are used to inject methamphetamine. The woman consented to letting Haydon search her vehicle and admitted that she had a small bag of methamphetamine in her purse.

The woman was arrested on the two drug charges and taken to the Gallatin County Detention Center. Harris is still jail on $585 bond. More information about the program is available on the web site at www.hmhid.com.