Friday, August 21, 2009

Sheriff: Deaf, Mute Woman Tied Up, Raped

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A San Juan Bautista man accused of holding a deaf and mute woman against her will and then raping her was arrested Wednesday.

Sheriff's deputies said Roberto Carranza was arrested after he allegedly raped the 40-year-old woman in his San Juan Bautista trailer over the weekend.

The woman, who is from Watsonville, went to Carranza's trailer voluntarily on Friday after being invited to a party. After the party, Carranza allegedly refused to take the woman home and held her captive during the weekend, tying her up and raping her several times, deputies said.

"There are multiple residents there on that property but no one could possibly hear her," detective Victor Casada said. "She couldn't talk, scream or do anything (while) being bound and tied. I don't even know how to react to that story it's so sickening."

Authorities said the woman was able to get free Monday morning after Carranza left to go to work. She was picked up while walking along Highway 129 and taken to the Watsonville Police Department. Police said she was still bound in duct tape and chicken wire.

Carranza was arrested on charges of rape, false imprisonment and assault with a deadly weapon. He is expected to be arraigned Friday.

Deputies are now looking to question Carranza's roommate to see if he played a role in the rape, but detectives said he currently cannot be found.