Husband of missing Clarkston mom charged with assaulting her



Posted on October 8, 2012 at 4:49 PM

Updated Monday, Oct 8 at 6:21 PM

MOSCOW, Idaho -- A Moscow man, who remains a person of interest in the disappearance of his estranged wife, was officially charged with assaulting her Monday.

Rachael Anderson, a 41-year-old Clarkston resident, was last seen April 16, 2010 by Charles Capone, the man she was in the process of divorcing.

The Asotin County Sheriff’s Office named Capone a person of interest in his wife’s disappearance, but investigators did not have enough evidence to press charges.

Capone appeared in court Monday on Second Degree Assault charges. He is being held in the Asotin County Jail on $1 million bond. He is due back in court to enter a plea October 22nd.

Capone is accused of strangling Anderson before her 2010 disappearance.

Investigators had been holding onto the evidence in the assault case. Capone was officially charged with the crime now because he was just released from Federal prison.

Capone pleaded guilty in 2010 to an unrelated Federal firearms charge. Almost as soon as he got out on that charge, County prosecutors were waiting with the assault charges which sent Capone back to jail.

Investigators said Anderson filed for divorce after the alleged strangulation.

Anderson’s family said Capone started stalking her after they separated. She disappeared just months later.

Detectives say Capone was the last person to see Anderson alive.