Local woman kidnapped at knifepoint in Newberg
A Newberg man has been accused of kidnapping a woman at knifepoint and threatening to sexually abuse and kill her.
The incident began in the early hours of Jan. 14 when officers from the Newberg-Dundee Police Department responded to reports of a disturbance at a home in the 900 block of East Seventh Street. In interviewing the residents of the home, who police didn't identify, officers learned that Rigoberto Vasquez-Vasquez, 26, approached the home at around 4 a.m. and knocked on the door. Although a man who lived in the house did not know Vasquez, he let him in nonetheless, reports said.
Vasquez, reports said, was inside the home for about an hour before he retrieved a large knife from the kitchen and grabbed a woman living in the home by the neck, told her he was going to live with her now and grabbed her breasts.
The assailant walked through the house with the woman held at knifepoint, with the male resident of the home following them and pleading with Vasquez not to harm the woman. The three of them walked outside the home, at which point the man reportedly tripped and fell. Vasquez then brandished the knife at the man and threatened to kill the woman.
When the victim told Vasquez she would go with him peacefully, reports said, he released her, at which time she and the man who fell ran back into the house and hid while calling the NDPD. When officers arrived at the scene, Vasquez reportedly returned to the house, where he was immediately identified by the home's residents as the suspect. He was quickly arrested.
Vasquez was charged with first- and second-degree kidnapping, first- and third-degree sexual abuse, first-degree robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, coercion, menacing and fourth-degree assault. The first-degree robbery, first-degree sexual abuse and first- and second-degree kidnapping charges are Measure 11 crimes that carry with them substantial mandatory sentences should he be convicted.
Vasquez was arraigned Jan. 16, his bail was set at $310,000 and he remains confined to the Yamhill County jail. His next court date is set for late January.