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Sheriff says Washington Co. deputy stopped rape in progress after victim called 911 from cell phone

December 12th, 2013 2:30 pm by Becky Campbell

Sheriff says Washington Co. deputy stopped rape in progress after victim called 911 from cell phone

Carlos Enrique Alegria

A woman’s quick action to turn on her cell phone when she began feeling uneasy in an acquaintance’s car early Thursday allowed law enforcement to interrupt a sexual assault on her, according to court documents.

Carlos Enrique Alegria, 27, 204 Wilson Ave., was literally pulled off the woman by Washington County Deputy Darrell Collins. He said Alegria and had taken off the victim’s pants and had his own unzipped and unbuttoned.

The call to 911 came in at 4 a.m. Dispatchers apparently heard what was happening and dispatched officers to the location.

Sheriff Ed Graybeal said the woman knows Alegria through acquaintances.

“She was in the car with him ... she felt uneasy and when they turned onto Cash Hollow ... she turned her cell phone on and called 911.

“At that point, 911 has an interpreter and knew what was going on in the car,” Graybeal said, adding that the conversation between the woman and Alegria was in Spanish.

“As they were listening to the conversation, they got us en route. Deputy Collins went as fast as he could to get here. We knew what was happening and 911 was pinging her phone to find their location,” Graybeal said.

“As he got there the attack was still in progress. He opened the door, jerked the man out of the car and he tried to pull away and the officer Tased him,” Graybeal said.

The woman was in a lot of distress and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Graybeal said in all his years in law enforcement, he’s never seen a case where an officer interrupted a rape in progress.

“It was a good effort between Darrell and 911. I’ve never seen an officer break up a rape in progress. It speaks to the professionalism of Darrell, our department and 911 to have all the things in place to save this lady,” Graybeal said.

He said officers always have to be ready for anything they encounter.

“All the training we do during the year on different scenarios ... when an officer gets where they are going, they know to be ready for anything. That’s part of what we do everyday in law enforcement,” he said.

“In this situation, things happened really quick and she did what she had to do to help us find her.”

Alegria was being held on a $50,000 bond and will be arraigned this morning in Sessions Court.

Editor's Note: A message was left at Washington County 911 requesting the dispatcher call for an interview, and the call was not returned.

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