Two Vancouver men accused of rape

Bail set at $250,000, half of what prosecutor asked

By Paris Achen, Columbian courts reporter

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Updated: May 17, 2013, 5:52 PM

 

Two Vancouver men appeared Friday in Clark County Superior Court on accusations they imprisoned and raped a woman on Thursday.

Sergio J. Leon, 21, and Aaron B. Davey, 24, face charges of first-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment at their May 24 arraignment.

Judge Robert Lewis set bail at $250,000, half of what Senior Deputy Prosecutor Camara Banfield requested. The judge appointed Vancouver attorneys Louis Byrd and Ed Dunkerly to defend Leon and Davey, respectively.

The suspects are accused of forcibly holding down the victim by her wrists and raping her at Leon’s home in the 3000 block of N.E. 78th Avenue, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The court documents shed no light on how the victim arrived at the home or her relationship, if any, with the two suspects.

However Talena Gil-Lorenzo of Vancouver, Leon’s elder sister, said that her brother and the victim had been dating on and off for a year.

She said the accusations against her brother are ridiculous.

“She’s ruining two people’s lives,” Gil-Lorenzo said.

Court documents indicate that evidence gathered at the crime scene corroborated the victim’s account. No further details were provided.

Leon has no criminal history as an adult. His juvenile criminal history has been sealed.

Davey has no criminal history.

The Southwest Washington Regional SWAT Team arrested the suspects Thursday after serving a search warrant at Leon’s home. In addition to rape evidence, officers found a handgun and a large quantity of marijuana, according to a Vancouver police bulletin issued Thursday.