Sheriff: Alleged Glen Ellen Rape Was Hate Crime

CBS5.com (San Francisco), May 8, 2006

SANTA ROSA—The Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Glen Ellen man Saturday for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman under a bridge Friday night.

The sheriff’s department is requesting the alleged sexual assault be considered a hate crime because of derogatory statements that 25-year-old suspect Isidro Rojas-Molina allegedly made before and during the alleged assault.

Sgt. Dennis O’Leary said the Caucasian woman and Rojas-Molina were attending a party at a mutual friend’s house but it’s not believed they knew each other. O’Leary said they left the party to have a discussion and walked to a secluded area.

The sheriff’s department reported the alleged sexual assault occurred under a bridge on Madrone Road in Glen Ellen at 11:40 p.m. Friday. The adult female victim called a neighbor who then called 911. The victim did not require emergency medical attention, authorities said.

Rojas-Molina was booked into the Sonoma County jail for assault with intent to commit rape, penetration with a foreign object by force and sexual battery on a restrained victim. He is being held under no bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday morning in Sonoma County Superior Court.

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