Man accused of raping Vancouver woman in Woodland hotel



Prosecutors have charged a Woodland man with raping a 28-year-old woman at a local motel earlier this month.

Cruz del Carmen Lopez y Lopez, 47, is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on charges of first-degree rape and second-degree assault with sexual motivation, prosecutors said.

Lopez is accused of luring the Vancouver woman into his room at the Scandia Motel, 1123 Hoffman St. in Woodland, on June 2 with the promise that he would pay her for a back massage. The woman later told police she is a licensed masseuse.

But once inside the room, she said, Lopez threatened her with a knife, then sexually assaulted her, according to court documents. Woodland police interviewed her at Southwest Washington Medical Center, where she was admitted following the alleged attack.

Police arrested Lopez June 3. He is being held in the Cowlitz County Jail on $150,000. In addition, federal immigration officials have asked that he be held without bail.