Annapolis police arrest two charged with rape following West Street attack – Capital Gazette

Annapolis police have arrested two men charged with first-degree rape after a witness told officers she saw one sexually assault a woman while the other man stood guard.

Rubicel Montiel Lopez, 36, and Jose Alexander Ortiz-Urrutia, 42, both of Annapolis, are being held without bond at the Jennifer Road Detention Center for rape and assault in connection with the July 29 incident in a wooded area behind a Shell gas station on West Street.

The woman was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for various injuries, according to the charging documents. The witness told police she ran to the woman’s aid after hearing her scream that she was being raped and saw Lopez sexually assault her while Ortiz-Urrutia acted as a “lookout”, said wrote the police in the charging documents.

The men crossed West Street after the witness said she was going to call the police, according to the charging documents. They were both detained by Annapolis police shortly thereafter.

At the hospital, the victim told police the men kicked and strangled her before dragging her down a ravine, according to the charging documents. She didn’t remember anything that had happened for some time and woke up in the ravine with pain in her leg and genitals.

The men were ordered to be held without bail at separate bail reviews on Monday. They are both summoned for a preliminary hearing on August 24.

Annapolis police have yet to make an arrest in a separate July 17 rape case, according to court records. In that incident, detectives responded to Tyler Avenue around 4 a.m., where a woman reported that she had been raped by two men overnight, police said in a news release.