Off-roader rescues raped woman, left for dead with cut throat By BEAU YARBROUGH Staff Writer She was taken into the desert. She was beaten. She was raped. Her throat was slashed. And she was left for dead. But she lived. Hearing an off-road vehicle after her rapist had left the scene, the Hesperia woman raised herself up and as she bled from the injuries to her head and neck, flagged down the off-roader for help. Now San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested Michael Allen Thompson, 31, for the rape and attempted murder of a female acquaintance on Monday afternoon. Deputies and San Bernardino County Fire Department officials responded to the off-roader’s 911 call and the woman was transported from the Honda Valley—where off-roading is banned by city ordinance—to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, where she underwent treatment for her injuries. “She is in stable condition, she’s gone through some reconstructive surgery, and she’s expected to recover,” sheriff’s department spokeswoman Roxanne Walker said Thursday. And, perhaps most importantly, “she was able to assist detectives in the investigation.” Thompson was arrested and is currently in West Valley Detention Center with bail set at $2 million. He has been charged with kidnapping, rape, attempted murder, oral copulation and two counts of penetration with foreign objects, including dirt and sticks. “Had it not been for [the off-roader], it could have had a very different turn-out,” Walker said. “So thank goodness he did the right thing.” Scott Stephens contributed to this report. Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.