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Issaquah man charged in local rape

NORTH BEND - An Issaquah man has been charged in the rape of a North Bend woman that occurred three weeks ago.

Miguel Angel Heredia-Juarez, 24, was charged with first-degree kidnapping and first-degree rape in an incident reported at about 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in North Bend.

Heredia-Juarez was arrested by King County Sheriff's Office deputies on Feb. 15 and was later identified by his victim, according to Sgt. Grant Stewart of the King County Sheriff's Office substation in North Bend.

Steward said the rape victim, a 19-year-old woman, was attacked by Heredia-Juarez as she walked from the Factory Stores at North Bend to the downtown area on Bendigo Boulevard.

Steward said Heredia-Juarez told the woman he was with the Mexican mafia and threatened to harm her family if she told anyone about the assault.

Heredia-Juarez reportedly let the woman go and she later contacted police. Based on the woman's description, sheriff's deputies were able to locate him about 15 minutes after she contacted authorities.

Heredia-Juarez will also be charged with fourth-degree assault stemming from an incident with an 18-year-old woman in Issaquah on Feb. 9.

Documents filed by the King County Prosecutor's Office said Heredia-Juarez allegedly knocked the Issaquah woman over and fondled her as she walked home to her apartment. When she got home, her boyfriend called police, who arrested Heredia-Juarez outside of the apartment.

Heredia-Juarez is currently in custody on $500,000 bond and was arraigned on Wednesday, March 5. If convicted on all counts, Heredia-Juarez could face between 10 to 13 years in prison.

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