E.C. police arrest man for alleged spousal rape

February 15, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

The El Centro Police Department arrested a man Wednesday for spousal rape, assault to commit rape and false imprisonment after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

A patrol officer responded to the 1800 block of Barbara Worth Avenue around 4:45 p.m. in response to a 911 call, said Sgt. Mike Crankshaw.

The officer spoke with a 25-year-old woman who alleged her estranged 30-year-old husband assaulted her at a friend's house at the 2000 block of Cottonwood Drive shortly before the call.

The suspect allegedly forced the woman into her car and drove to Austin Road, where he attempted to sexually assault her, Crankshaw said.


After fighting him off, the woman was driven back to her residence on Barbara Worth Avenue by the suspect. There, he allegedly battered and sexually assaulted her, Crankshaw said.

The suspect left the residence and was not present when officers arrived.

When he returned about 6:30 p.m. he was taken into custody by detectives investigating the incident, Crankshaw said.

The suspect was interviewed and booked into county jail. Bail was set at $50,000. The woman was transported to Pioneers Memorial Hospital in Brawley.

The case will be sent to the District Attorney's Office.

It is the policy of this newspaper not to identify victims of sexual assault. By identifying the victim's husband, the suspect in this incident, the victim's identity might be revealed.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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