Woman sues troopers for negligence after rape, kidnapping
This story contains graphic details of a sexual assault.
A Wasilla woman is suing the State of Alaska after she says negligence by the Departments of Law and Public Safety led to her kidnapping and rape in 2016.
In December 2015, Shawna Robb's former coworker, Jordan King, attacked her at her home, pistol-whipping and sexually assaulting her. Robb was able to escape, and Wasilla Police arrested King.
But Robb's nightmare was far from over.
Later that month, King applied for release on bail. Concerned for her safety, Robb voiced her objection.
"The District Attorney's Office notified Shawna of the proposal and asked for her input or concerns. She voiced her concerns -- she was terrified," Robb's attorney, Joshua Fannon, wrote in the legal complaint.
While Robb did not want King released on bail, she agreed that if it was going to happen the conditions should include house arrest, with monitoring by a court-approved third-party custodian. In addition, King should be required to wear an ankle monitor with a GPS tracking device.
"It was imperative to Shawna that King's whereabouts always be known," Fannon said.
Fannon said the Palmer District Attorney's Office called Robb and "unequivocally confirmed" that those conditions were in the bail order. Ultimately, a judge agreed to release King from state custody.
But when King escaped house arrest on March 11, 2016, troopers didn't find him until nearly nine hours later, and only then, because Robb had convinced him to turn himself in.
King's custodians reported him missing at 8 p.m., but Robb was never notified.
At 4:30 a.m. on March 12, after escaping house arrest, King showed up at Robb's home. Robb had stepped out of her house to start her pickup before leaving for her morning shift at the diner, according to the complaint.
King was outside, hiding in the shadows, waiting for her -- armed with a 12-inch butcher knife.
"When Shawna stepped outside her home, King set upon her," the complaint reads.
Robb's niece called 911 from inside Robb's home and reported that King had previously assaulted Robb. Robb's niece was "watching the kidnapping and reported everything to dispatch in real time," the lawsuit states.
By the time troopers arrived at the home, King had already driven away with Robb in the truck.
According to Fannon, King drove north on the Parks Highway to a pre-planned place outside of Houston. He parked the truck on private property.
The owner of the property reported the suspicious activity to troopers at 8 a.m., Fannon said. But, troopers didn't locate King or Robb until 4:30 p.m.
During that roughly 12-hour period, King was beaten, stabbed and repeatedly raped.
"King repeatedly warned [Robb] that once he was finished raping and brutalizing her, he was going [to] cut her clitoris off, then kill her," Fannon wrote.
At one point, King super-glued a dog collar around Robb's throat, according to Fannon.
"After more than twelve hours in captivity, Shawna convinced King to walk out of the woods with her and turn himself in. Together they walked out of the woods and contacted King's brother who escorted the two to his vehicle and the Alaska State Troopers," the complaint says.
Now, Robb is suing the state for negligence for more than $100,000 in damages, including its failure to notify her that her attacker had escaped.
Megan Peters, a spokesperson for the Department of Public Safety, said Tuesday that the department had received notice of Robb's civil suit.
"We are not able to provide an interview or information on the pending civil action," Peters wrote in an email.
But, in previous coverage of Robb's case, a trooper told KTVA that the department had failed Robb.
"It goes without saying that this victim should have been notified, policy or not," said Lt. Chris Thompson. "It's one of those that is a failing, I would consider it on our part, that we didn't."
The Department of Law says they haven't yet received the complaint but once they do, they'll review it and respond accordingly.
Editor's note: KTVA does not generally identify victims of domestic violence, but Shawna Robb approved the use of her name in this story.
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