Trial date moved for Walla Walla man in rape case

Juan P. Arevalo is accused of attacking a woman in a parking lot in October.

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WALLA WALLA -- The trial for a man who allegedly raped a woman in the city early in October has been postponed in Superior Court.

Juan P. Arevalo, 55, of 511 N. Sixth Ave., now is scheduled for trial May 17. The proceedings had been set for this Tuesday.

Arevalo is charged with second-degree rape.

He was arrested after the woman told police that on the evening of Oct. 1 she called Arevalo in order to repay a loan for drugs, he went to her house and she rode away with him in a pickup.

Eventually they ended up in the parking lot on the south side of the Plaza Safeway, 1600 Plaza Way, where Arevalo allegedly forced the woman to have sex, according to a police report filed in court.

Arevalo then reportedly drove the woman back to her residence where she called her father who told her to phone police.

In a police interview, Arevalo acknowledged he had seen the woman that evening, but said he didn't park in the parking lot and insisted he never has had sex with her, according to the police report.

He was taken into custody, but later was released pending further court proceedings.

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

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