The blow to her head and neck came from behind.
It would be several minutes later before the 25-year-old woman realized her attacker had struck her with a brick.
Dazed, she feared for her life -- and for the life of her then 3-year-old daughter who was playing outside. She complied with her attackers commands to disrobe so he could rape her.
The woman testified Thursday in the trial for 19-year-old Desmond Deonta Gibbs, the man accused of robbing and raping her Oct. 18, 2012.
Attorney Mark Beberman told jurors in his opening statement that Gibbs, who lived on Fourth Avenue in Macon prior to his arrest, denies the charges against him.
In a pre-trial hearing, also held Thursday, Gibbs testified he was at a friends house the entire day the woman was attacked.
The woman said she had moved her furniture out of her apartment, located near Tattnall Square Park near downtown Macon, the day before. In the early afternoon of Oct. 18, she had returned with her daughter to pick up a few things she had left behind.
After taking one load to the car, she noticed a man walking down the driveway toward her. He asked if she lived in the apartment and said he was moving in next door, the woman testified.
She had never seen the man before.
In court Thursday, the woman pointed him out as Gibbs.
She said she went back inside the apartment for another load after seeing Gibbs begin to walk away.
I heard footsteps, she said, explaining that she thought her daughter had followed her back into the apartment where they had lived for about a year. But it was Gibbs, she said.
Startled, alone and concerned, she said she grabbed a couple clothes hangers and tried to brush past Gibbs to get outside. Neighboring apartments were vacant and her car was the only one in the parking area.
Thats when she felt the blow to the back of her head and neck that sent her to the kitchen floor, face first.
Groggy from the blow and with blood running down her face, she pleaded with Gibbs, I have money in the car, please dont hurt my daughter, the woman testified.
He didnt want money. He wanted sex, she said.
I dont think I could have fought him off, the woman testified. It wasnt a question of whether he would hurt me. He already had.
With her apartment nearly empty, there was nothing left for her to use as a weapon.
She said she complied as he raped her.
After the assault, Gibbs demanded the money the woman had offered earlier, along with her cellphone. Her purse was still in the car, so he followed her outside armed with the brick, she testified.
Outside, he took her cellphone and the cash from her wallet. Inside, shed told him she didnt have much cash, just plastic. He said he wanted to go to the bank, the woman said.
While she stood at the car, the woman said she spotted the apartments maintenance man.
I mouthed, He just raped me, she testified.
Richard Whipple, the maintenance man, testified he could tell something was wrong even before he read the womans lips.
He was standing behind her, Whipple said of Gibbs. It was almost like he was trying to coerce her into getting into the car.
As soon as Gibbs saw Whipple, he set off running, Whipple testified.
He tried to chase Gibbs but lost sight of him.
With her phone stolen, the woman put her daughter in her car and drove to the Macon police detective bureau for help. Whipple called 911.
Both testified they picked Gibbs from photo lineups shown to them by police.
In a pre-trial hearing, Gibbs testified that he was forced to sign a paper saying he understood his Miranda rights after he was arrested Oct. 25, 2012.
He said the detective threatened him while yelling and using profane language.
At one point in his testimony, Gibbs said he didnt remember talking with police.
I wasnt in my right mind, he said.
After refusing to answer a prosecutors questions of why his mind wasnt right, Gibbs admitted he was under the influence of marijuana during the questioning.
He refused to describe specific threats he alleged the detective made and the judge sentenced him to 20 days in jail for contempt of court.
After reviewing a video of Gibbs talking with police, the judge ruled his statement would be admissible at trial and that the video didnt show any sign that Gibbs was impaired or evidence of his being threatened.
Testimony in the case is scheduled to continue Friday.
To contact writer Amy Leigh Womack, call 744-4398.