Two men arraigned in rape case

October 14, 2010 • Local News

James Ortega, 20, and Steven Perez, 19, were arraigned Wednesday in Magistrate Court on charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

The two men are accused of falsely imprisoning and raping a 15- year-old girl. The alleged incident took place on Saturday, Oct. 2. The Roswell Police Department issued a release on Wednesday, Oct. 6, seeking information on the whereabouts of Ortega, Perez and Tommy Smith, [auth] 19.

Around 10 p.m. that night members of SWAT raided the Frontier Motel, 3010 N. Main Street, in response to a tip that two of the three suspects, Ortega and Smith, were staying in the motel.

Police did not find the men during the raid. Smith turned himself in to police the following day and was arraigned on Friday on charges of criminal sexual penetration and kidnapping.

RPD received a second tip that led to the apprehension of the remaining two suspects on Friday at a residence in the 100 block of North Lea Avenue.

Judge Eugene M. De Los Santos told the two men Wednesday: “These are serious charges.” Criminal sexual penetration is a second-degree felony that carries a sentence of 15 to 20 years in a state penitentiary and fines of $10,000.

Kidnapping is considered a firstdegree felony with a sentence of between 12 and 24 years and fines of $15,000. Perez faces additional charges of possession of a controlled sub-stance. Previously, Ortega and Perez were being held without bond at Chaves County Detention Center. De Los Santos set bond for Ortega at $150,000 cash surety. For Perez, bond was set at $150,000 cash only.

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