Suspect charged in rape of South Whidbey woman

A 35-year-old man is being held in Island County jail on $250,000 bail after he allegedly raped a Freeland woman in her home Aug. 20, according to court documents.

A 35-year-old man is being held in Island County jail on $250,000 bail after he allegedly raped a Freeland woman in her home Aug. 20, according to court documents.

Prosecutors charged Jorge T. Ordonez in Island County Superior Court Aug. 24 with first-degree rape and first-degree burglary with sexual motivation.

The 51-year-old woman reported to police at about 10 p.m. Aug. 20 that a stranger raped her in her house in the Useless Bay area.

She told deputies that the man came to her door when she was on the phone and kept on knocking. He didn’t speak English so she gave him a notebook and he wrote, “Lolita,” which confused her. She went outside with him briefly; she said he grabbed her and pulled her back into the house, according to the report by Detective Chris Peabody with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman reported that the man, later identified as Ordonez, sexually assaulted her repeatedly. He brought a bag with beer inside the house, she said.

The incident lasted about an hour and a half, Peabody wrote.

A deputy saw Ordonez outside her house the next day and arrested him. Speaking through a translator, he told detectives that he was mowing a neighbor’s yard when he saw the woman lying on the ground outside and helped her into her garage.

Ordonez said he came back to the house the next day to check on her. He denied raping the woman, being inside the house and bringing beer.

Deputies found beer cans inside his van, however, that matched beer cans found inside the house, the report states.


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