KENNEWICK — A Kennewick man pleaded innocent Wednesday to allegations he drove a woman to a south Richland park over Christmas weekend, pulled her into the bushes and raped her.
John Ayala Magana, 29, faces trial Feb. 22 in Benton County Superior Court for second-degree rape. He is being held on $250,000 bail.
According to court documents, Magana met the woman Dec. 26 in the parking lot of a nearby restaurant and encouraged her to sit in his car.
Then, over her objections, he drove the woman to Claybell Park, where he took some cocaine, asked her to expose herself and then refused to drive her back to her parked car, documents said.
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She then reportedly got out of the car and started walking away, but Magana allegedly grabbed her from behind and dragged her into bushes off the road.
Magana ripped off her clothes and forced her to have sex, Deputy Prosecutor Terry Bloor wrote in court documents. The woman screamed when she heard someone walk by.
That person, Abraham Toure, heard the scream and the thud of fists, and dialed 911 on his cell phone while he ran to a nearby home and asked the residents to also call police because his phone battery was dying.
Toure then returned to the park and used his phone's light to illuminate the brush, when he saw a woman come running out wearing a jacket and carrying her pants, he told the Tri-City Herald the day after the incident.
Toure carried the shoeless woman to a home to await medical help. Once Richland police arrived, he showed officers where he heard the noises and first saw the woman.
Magana allegedly got into his car and drove off once he realized police were at the scene at 8:15 p.m.
An officer saw a car leaving the area with its lights off, and followed and found it had skidded off the road a short distance away and been abandoned with the engine still running, court documents said.
Magana was found nearby with his pants unbuttoned, his zipper down and scratches on his back that looked like defensive wounds from a fight, documents said.
Police found the victim's clothing in the bushes, and noted that "a violent struggle" had occurred there, based on deep impressions left in the dirt.
Magana is ordered to stay away from the victim while the case is pending.
Gang shooting suspect to face 4 felonies
A gang member reportedly involved in last week's shooting near a Kennewick credit union has been charged with four felony crimes.
Jose Cardona, 21, of Kennewick, will appear in court today to enter a plea to first-degree assault, second-degree unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a short-barreled rifle. The assault charge includes a firearm enhancement, which would mean mandatory prison time if he's convicted.
Cardona is accused of shooting Miguel Montenegro in the stomach Dec. 30. Montenegro, said to be a rival gang member, required surgery.
Cardona claims he was confronted near HAPO Community Credit Union by Montenegro and another man, and hid from them in a nearby alley, court documents said. He told Kennewick detectives that when he saw the two men walk toward him, he "shot several times into the ground," documents said.
Prosecutors requested $200,000 bail for Cardona when they filed the charges Wednesday.
-- Kristin M. Kraemer: 509-582-1531; email@example.com