Two men arrested after Wednesday night sexual assault in central Vancouver

By Paul Suarez, Columbian freelance

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Updated: September 22, 2011, 10:44 PM

 

Two men were arrested late Wednesday in an alleged sexual attack on a woman in an apartment on the 2000 block of Brandt Road in central Vancouver.

Ivory James Nicholas, 40, of Portland and Curtis Etheridge, 31, each made first appearances in Clark County Superior Court on Thursday morning.

Etheridge and Nicholas were both arrested on suspicion of one count of first-degree attempted rape, one count of first-degree assault and four counts of felony harassment.

Judge John Wulle on Thursday appointed attorney Clark Fridley to represent Nicholas and attorney Nicholas Wood to represent Etheridge.

Each man’s bail was set at $100,000. Individual arraignments are set for Oct. 5.

Reports of an assault in progress came in around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.

Etheridge, Nicholas, another man and the woman were at the residence and were “consuming intoxicants,” according to court records filed Thursday. The woman started arguing with Etheridge and asked that he leave with Nicholas. Etheridge allegedly punched her in the face and grabbed a steak knife.

The individuals’ relationship isn’t clear except that they are “all acquainted,” Kapp said.