A Colusa man accused of raping a 16-year-old intoxicated girl on Feb. 20 is due to enter a plea in court today.
Jorge Jauregui-Rivera, 20, of Williams, was arrested by the Colusa County Sheriff’s Office at 9:07 p.m. on Feb. 24, at the Morning Star Packing facility in Williams.
The Sheriff’s Office was made aware of the alleged crime after the Colusa Police Department found the girl, who was initially reported as a runaway juvenile, near her place of residence on Feb. 20.
Officers from the Colusa Police Department contacted her near the residence, at which point she initially refused to return to home.
“When she eventually did return to the house, she made some comments to a guardian that things had happened while she was gone. Once the guardian heard that, she called us thinking it had happened within our jurisdiction. We learned that it had happened in an unincorporated area of the county, and we handed it over to the Sheriff’s Office,” Fitch said.
Colusa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Contreras said that the Sheriff’s Office was called in to interview the girl on Feb. 21. The alleged rape took place on Feb. 20 on a country road in the Williams area, Contreras said, where the girl and another minor victim were allegedly furnished alcohol by Jauregui-Rivera and another suspect, whom Contreras declined to identify.
“Another suspect is outstanding. We’re actively searching for him right now,” Contreras said. “After talking to the female victim, on Feb. 23, she identified one of the suspects. That’s the one we arrested on the 24th, and that’s when we talked to him.”