Marysville man accused of raping ex-girlfriend on ride home from prison

Posted 7/23/21

A 26-year-old Marysville man was arraigned in Jefferson County Superior Court Friday on first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping after he allegedly repeatedly raped a former girlfriend who tried …

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Marysville man accused of raping ex-girlfriend on ride home from prison

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A 26-year-old Marysville man was arraigned in Jefferson County Superior Court Friday on first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping after he allegedly repeatedly raped a former girlfriend who tried to give him a ride home after he was released from Clallam Bay Corrections Center in July 2019.

Rhyan Tyler Vasquez is being held in Jefferson County Jail pending charges on four counts: first-degree rape (domestic violence); first-degree kidnapping (domestic violence); unlawful imprisonment (domestic violence); and harassment-threats to kill (domestic violence).

All four charges also include factors that could result in a prison sentence outside the standard sentencing range, with the aggravating circumstances of crimes committed by someone recently released from incarceration, and made with deliberate cruelty.

Vasquez made his first appearance in Jefferson County Superior Court last Thursday, coming from Snohomish County, where he was being held for allegedly breaking the victim’s jaw while trying to force her into a car in Marysville several months after his release from prison.

The rape and kidnapping charges stem from Vasquez’s release from prison July 7, 2019.

Authorities allege Vasquez, who had a previous relationship with the victim for a year and a half, became angry with the woman during the drive home from prison.

Sixteen days before his release, the woman had told Vasquez during a prison phone call that she had moved on and could no longer be his girlfriend.

“I need you to be OK with me just being your friend. I need you to be OK with that. I need you to be OK with the fact that I’m with somebody else,” she said in a phone conversation that had been recorded by prison officials at the time. “I want you to have a really beautiful life. I just also need you to know that life isn’t going to include me.”

Vasquez became angry during the ride back to the Marysville-Everett area, according to court documents.

Between Port Angeles and Sequim, he asked the victim to pull over so he could get out. When she did, he refused.

The woman repeatedly tried to get away, and at one point, used the GPS on her phone to try to find a police station she could drive by to get help.

When she did try to use her phone to get help, Vasquez allegedly took the phone and threw it into the woods. 

The victim tried at one point to run into traffic to get help, but was pushed back into the car by Vasquez. 

Vasquez allegedly hit her in the face and threatened to kill her at least 10 times, and said he was going to shoot her boyfriend and “stomp” his head “until he had to eat through a straw.”

According to court documents, Vasquez stopped the car at Triton Cove State Park and raped the woman.

They got back in the car and continued south on U.S. Highway 101 until they got to Interstate 5. The victim told police that Vasquez pulled over in a construction area near the Tacoma Dome and raped her again.

During a court appearance July 15 in Jefferson County Superior Court, Vasquez’s arraignment was set for Friday, July 23.

Jefferson County Prosecuting Attorney James M. Kennedy said Vasquez has a history of 27 criminal convictions and 39 previous court warrants for his arrest.

“This is for an individual who is
26 years old,” Kennedy added.

Kennedy added that Vasquez had been in custody in Snohomish County because he had tracked down his victim and broke her jaw.

Vasquez, appearing in court via video from the Jefferson County Jail, immediately interrupted.

“Those were alleged,” he shouted into the camera.

“I said alleged,” Kennedy shot back.

“That was an objection, I guess,” Vasquez replied.

The case in Snohomish County is still pending. Vasquez was ordered to not have any contact with his victim, and a protection order was approved on her behalf.

Vasquez will remain in custody until conditions for release are discussed at his arraignment. Bail was set at $250,000.

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