Man accused of raping woman after bailing out of jail for assaulting her

A Langley resident raped his girlfriend in Skagit County after bailing out of jail on charges that he assaulted the same woman and threatened to kill her, according to court documents.

Prosecutors first charged Rudy M. Ferrer, 37, in Island County Superior Court June 23 with felony harassment and assault in the fourth degree.

In that case, the victim reported to police that Ferrer, who had been her boyfriend, assaulted her and threatened to kill her with a knife in Oak Harbor on June 21, according to court documents.

On July 6, a judge reduced Ferrer’s bail to $2,500 over the objection of the prosecution. He bailed out of Island County jail July 8.

The next day, Ferrer was arrested by Mount Vernon police on suspicion of rape in the second degree and felony violation of a protection order.

According to the police report, Ferrer told the woman he had assaulted in the Oak Harbor case to pick him up or he would kill her; he was court ordered not to contact her.

Because of his history of beating her, the woman was afraid and believed he was capable of murdering her, the report states.

Ferrer demanded that they drive to a motel and then demanded sex, the report indicates.

The woman later told police that she didn’t want to have sex but feared for her life, the report states.

The woman managed to escape to a nearby clothing store, hid in a dressing room and called the police. Ferrer fled when police arrived, the report states, but was arrested a short time later.

A Skagit County Superior Court judge set Ferrer’s bail at $50,000.

An Island County Superior Court judge approved a no-bail warrant for Ferrer’s arrest for violating the terms of his release, court documents state.

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