Man to be arraigned on rape, kidnap charges

Juan C. Villegas is accused of abducting an acquaintance and raping her outside the city in 2006.

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WALLA WALLA — A man is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on charges stemming from a reported rape and kidnapping more than three years ago.

Juan C. Villegas, 25, who lists an address in Fontana, Calif., is charged in Walla Walla County Superior Court with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping and felony harassment.

Officials claim he abducted a female acquaintance from outside her place of employment in Walla Walla the afternoon of Nov. 19, 2006. She told authorities Villegas persuaded her to get into his car, drove off and threatened to kill her, according to a police report filed in court.

Villegas allegedly took her into the county — possibly around Lower Waitsburg Road — where he raped her in the vehicle and then took her home at her urging, the police report says.

The criminal charges against Villegas were filed in February 2007 and a warrant was issued for his arrest. He subsequently was apprehended and booked into the County Jail on Wednesday. Bail has been set at $100,000.

Terry McConn can be reached at terrymcconn@wwub.com or 526-8319.

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