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Brawley man jailed on rape, imprisonment, other charges

June 04, 2001|By DARREN SIMON, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — A probation sweep here led to the arrest of a Brawley man suspected of beating and raping his former girlfriend on May 25.

Manuel Gonzalez Verdugo, 31, who resides in the 300 block of South 14th Street, was taken into custody about 6:30 a.m. Saturday at his home.

Brawley police Sgt. John Myers said a warrant filed by the District Attorney's Office charges Verdugo with forcible rape, false imprisonment, child endangerment and spousal abuse.

He was booked into county jail with his bail set at $50,000.

The alleged rape occurred just after midnight May 25.

Myers said Verdugo went to the residence of his former girlfriend, whose identity was not released. The two argued and Verdugo reportedly became violent.

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He allegedly punched the woman in the forehead, held her down and raped her, according to police reports.

Myers said police had been trying to find Verdugo since the incident. Police knew where he lived and had spoken to him on the telephone twice.

However, when officers would get to the house he was gone.

Myers said the probation sweep Saturday allowed authorities to catch Verdugo off guard.

He was arrested on both the charges related to the attack and a probation violation.

Myers said child endangerment was included in the charges because the woman was holding her child when she was attacked. Verdugo is the father of the child, Myers said.

The child was not injured, he said.

Staff Writer Darren Simon can be reached at 337-4082.

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