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Victim recounts frightening rape at public park

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Andrew Lewis, 16, is accused of raping a 36-year-old woman at Seven Oaks Park. Andrew Lewis, 16, is accused of raping a 36-year-old woman at Seven Oaks Park.

It wasn't easy for a 36-year-old mother, who has two teenagers of her own, to open up about her ordeal.  But she talked about the alleged rape, some of the details too graphic to repeat.

"I thought he was going to kill me. I really did," said the victim who did not want her identity revealed.

It's been nearly a week since the woman's visit to Seven Oaks Park near Donelson turned frightening - a nightmare she fears she may never wake up from.

"I hear, 'Give me everything, give me everything!' I turned back around and there was a gun," she said.

It was the middle of the afternoon, and she'd come to the park like she'd done countless times. People were coming and going when she sat down at this bench to write in her journal.

The mother of two said she was sitting under the shelter Friday when she heard a young man's voice. It was the same teen she'd seen earlier in the park.  Metro Police later identified him as Andrew Lewis. The woman said the 16-year-old demanded the keys to her truck and cell phone.

"I was scared to really get up and run because he could have shot at me," she said.

Little did she know Lewis would return, and that's when she said it turned violent.

"He came back to me with a gun and told me I was coming with him ... He made me get in the back and he got in the back with me," she said.

She said she was then raped at gunpoint.

"I was praying somebody would pull up to make it stop," she said.

But no one ever did. After it was all over, the woman remembers Lewis let her go and then calmly drove off in her truck.

Police recovered the abandoned vehicle the next day, and later arrested Lewis.  While prosecutors mull over possible charges, this survivor has one wish.

"I want him to be put on trial as an adult. If he's doing this at this age, what's he going to be at 30? How many people is he going to victimize, kill," she said.

At first, the woman told Channel 4 she almost didn't report the rape.  Lewis allegedly told her he knew where she lived and if she went to police, he would come to her home and kill her. But she said she told her story because she wants to help other women who've been attacked.

Metro police believe Lewis and two 15-year-old boys are responsible for a weekend crime spree, which involved robbery and carjacking. All three are in custody. Only Lewis is charged with rape and kidnapping.

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