Trial delayed in Walla Walla kidnapping, rape case

Juan C. Villegas is accused of abducting an acquaintance outside her workplace and attacking her.

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WALLA WALLA -- A trial scheduled this week for a man facing charges stemming from a reported rape and kidnapping more than three years ago has been postponed in Walla Walla County Superior Court.

Juan C. Villegas, 25, who lists an address in Fontana, Calif., had been set for trial beginning Monday, but the proceedings have been delayed until April 20.

Villegas is charged 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 in late January of this year.

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

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