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Culpeper rape suspect arrested
A man accused of raping and choking a Culpeper woman was taken into custody by U.S. marshals less than 18 hours after the incident was reported.
In addition to the felony rape, strangulation and violation of a protective order charges, Juan Pedro Martinez–Filguera, 26, also faces misdemeanor domestic assault and battery, interfering or preventing the summoning of law enforcement officers and petit larceny.
According to Culpeper police Capt. Chris Settle, a woman awoke about 12:30 a.m. Friday to find a man standing over her. The man sexually assaulted her and fled, Settle said.
The woman was treated for injuries on the scene and then taken to the hospital.
Settle said the victim identified her attacker as Filguera. She had previously been involved in a relationship with him and had a protective order against him, Settle said.
By early afternoon Friday investigators determined that Filguera was in Delaware and he was arrested at a residence in the town of Bridgeville about 6:25 p.m. Filguera had not been extradited to Virginia as of Monday night, Settle said.
The Culpeper Crime Victim/Witness Program and Services to Abused Families (SAFE) assisted the town police in dealing with the victim, Settle said.
“Having these agencies available to victims and witnesses on incidents like these on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week basis is truly a tremendous asset to this community,” said Chief Chris Jenkins.