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April 3, 2013

County man charged with rape, denied bond

A Whitfield County man faces a rape charge from Nov. 28, 2011, after being picked up for DUI by Dalton Police Department officers Friday night.

Raymundo Hurtado-Lazarin, 31, of 143 Richardson Road, was placed in the Whitfield County jail after Dalton police discovered a warrant was out for his arrest issued by the sheriff’s office.

Hurtado-Lazarin — who went by the nickname Jose at the time the warrant was issued — allegedly raped a woman after she refused several times to go out with him on a date, according to an incident report provided by the sheriff’s office.

The report states the woman had known Hurtado-Lazarin for awhile and agreed to take him to a mobile home on Callahan Road where both went inside. Later that night, the woman went to Hamilton Medical Center and told a nurse she had been raped.

“The nurse stated that (the alleged victim) had bruises on her arm, breast and vaginal area,” the report states. “(The alleged victim) also stated that she has five children and was worried for her safety and also her children because (Hurtado-Lazarin) told her she better not tell anybody what happened.”

Hurtado-Lazarin was denied bond in Superior Court Tuesday afternoon, said Nancy Casteel with the clerk’s office.

“That’s all we’ve done with him so far — was the motion to withdraw bond,” she said. “More than likely, what will happen is that he will be indicted by the grand jury at some point ... we don’t really know what kind of timeline right now.”

The same goes for his other charges, said Lt. Chris Cooke with the police department.

“We charged him with a DUI and a few traffic violations (driving without a license, failure to maintain lane and laying drag or reckless conduct with a vehicle),” he said. “That’s when we found there was a warrant out for him. ... The rape charge will (go before county court) ... and ... the DUI (and other traffic charges) will go to city court.”

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