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Authorities arrest man accused in 2000 rape case

WOODSTOCK – A Nebraska man stands charged with raping a teen girl in Shenandoah County more than 17 years ago.

Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley has accused Santiago Raymundo-Rafael of raping a minor child on Jan. 3, 2000. Wiseley makes the accusation in an “information” filed in Shenandoah County Circuit Court on May 11, based on statements by Woodstock police Sgt. Brian Miller.

Raymundo-Rafael, 44, of 2323 Bellwood Drive, Grand Island, Nebraska, also known as Jorge Raymundo-Rafael and Ramon Santiago, was booked on the charge at Rappahannock-Shenandoah-Warren Regional Jail on Friday afternoon. Records in Shenandoah County Circuit Court show Raymundo-Rafael has not been indicated on the charge but the grand jury is scheduled to consider Wiseley’s case when it meets June 13.

Judge Dennis Hupp granted Wiseley’s motion on May 11 to issue a bench warrant for Raymundo-Rafael’s arrest on the charge. Hupp signed the order that calls for Raymundo-Rafael to remain held without bond and to appear in the circuit court the next available date after his arrest.

Miller indicates in a statement filed in the case May 11 that Investigator D. Painter was dispatched to Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Jan. 3, 2000, to meet with a 13-year-old girl. The child reported that she had been babysitting the minor children of Santiago Raymundo-Rafael on the same date, Miller states in the document.

While the girl was in the kitchen of the apartment on Valley Vista Drive in Woodstock where the defendant lived, he came into the kitchen and threw her against the wall, causing her head to strike the wall, the statement reads. The girl reported that she blacked out for a bit and when she regained consciousness, she was lying on the kitchen floor with her pants down around her ankles and the defendant was lying on top of her having intercourse with her, Miller notes in his statement.

The child told the accused to get off of her but he continued to have sexual intercourse with her, the statement reads. The child eventually escaped the apartment and ran to a nearby pay phone where she contacted 911.

Agent R. Visnaw with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Nebraska interviewed the Raymundo-Rafael on Oct. 3,  Miller states.

“The accused admitted to sexual relations with (the child) in Woodstock on January 3, 2000,” Miller states.

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