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Bristol man charged with raping woman who gave him ride

July 19th, 2011 12:02 am by Becky Campbell

A man who was accused of raping a woman who gave him a ride was arrested Sunday on sexual assault and other charges, according to court documents filed in Jonesborough.
James Ray Smithey, 1401 Edgemont Ave., Bristol, was arraigned on the charges — rape, theft of property over $1,000 and three counts of reckless endangerment — from two separate cases.
The rape and theft charges stem from an incident reported July 13 to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Investigator Jared Taylor wrote in a court affidavit that Smithey asked the female victim for a ride to a residence on Riverview Drive and promised to pay her $20.
When they arrived at 674 Riverview Drive, the woman went inside with Smithey, used the restroom and then attempted to leave.
“The defendant physically forced the victim on a mattress in the living room floor,” and raped her, according to the court documents.
The victim fought back and tried to prevent the attack, the documents said, and Smithey is accused of choking her and forcing himself on the woman.
When Smithey finished, he allegedly took several items from the woman’s purse and then drove off in her vehicle. The woman was in the process of moving and had packed her vehicle earlier that day so all her possessions were in the vehicle, according to court paperwork Taylor filed in Jonesborough. There was also no indication if Smithey and the victim know each other.
The three counts of reckless endangerment Smithey faces stem from him fleeing from the Johnson Inn on West Market Street when Johnson City police attempted to locate him there on the rape warrant.
Smithey had apparently seen police arrive at the hotel and ran out the back with his three children to hide in a trailer park behind the motel. Officers located him when he tried to flee from a trailer where he was hiding.
The woman who lives there told police she let Smithey into her trailer, but she didn’t know he was wanted by law enforcement.
The charges were placed because “the wooded area between the hotel and the trailer park is very steep and thick with brush,” according to police.
Smithey was being held in the Washington County Detention Center on a $63,000 bond. He was arraigned on the charges Monday and has a hearing set for July 26.

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