Leonardo Guillen-Yanel

Man grabbed woman off street, raped her, police say

Medford police have arrested a man suspected of snatching an 18-year-old woman off Union Avenue around noon Friday and raping her.

The suspect, Leonardo Guillen-Yanel, 20, initially gave a false name, but Immigration and Custom Enforcement identified him using their massive fingerprint database. He remains lodged in Jackson County Jail without bail on charges of first-degree kidnap, first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy and being in the country illegally.

Guillen-Yanel claimed to be an immigration officer when he grabbed his victim Friday, Medford police Detective Sgt. Mike Budreau said. The young woman was walking in the 400 block of Union Avenue shortly after noon when she noticed a Hispanic man in a green van following her, a news release on the case said.

Near the intersection of West 11th Street and Union Avenue, the man stopped the van, came up and grabbed the woman, forcing her into the vehicle.

He drove to a construction area near South Medford High School and sexually assaulted her. Then, he drove on.

At a traffic light at 10th and Front streets, she jumped out of the van and ran, police said.

"We don't know where he was taking her, but we're glad she never found out," Budreau said.

The woman told family members about the attack and they helped her contact police. She was treated and released at Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Investigators found the suspect's van in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10th and Oakdale, then tracked him to an address in the 400 block of J Street, where he was living, police said.

— Anita Burke

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