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Traffic Stop Turns Into Rape Arrest

SPOKANE, Wash. - A simple traffic stop turned into something much more serious Friday morning after a woman told a Washington State Trooper that the male driver she was riding with had just spent all night beating and raping her. Below is the press release from the Spokane Police Department:

Press Release:

Early this morning a trooper with the Washington State Patrol made a traffic stop on a vehicle driving without taillights near Division and Francis.  Once the Trooper made contact with the occupants, the female passenger yelled that the driver had "raped" her.  The Trooper called for Spokane Police assistance.

The driver, Derrick Vargas (2/8/87), was arrested on a Federal arrest warrant for sexual assault.  Patrol officers located and secured the crime scene, and called out investigators from the Spokane Police Special Victims Unit.

Investigators determined Vargas met the victim earlier in the evening and took her back to his house.  Once inside the home, Vargas proceeded to violently sexually assault, and physically assault the victim numerous times; including choking and beating her.  At one point, the victim was able to grab a pocket knife and stab Vargas in the upper torso area in self defense.  After a couple hours, Vargas made the victim shower, as did he, since both were covered in blood from the assault.

Eventually Vargas agreed to take the victim home, both left the apartment at 5000 East Trent, got into Vargas' truck and were stopped near Francis and Division.

The female victim was treated at a local hospital for her injuries.

Vargas was booked into the Spokane County Jail for 1st degree Rape and the federal arrest warrant.

 Ofc. Jennifer DeRuwe Spokane Police Media Relations

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