Shelton man accused of kidnapping and raping stranger

Aslan M. Jeffery. Photo courtesy of the Washington Department of Corrections.

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- Thurston County sheriff's deputies have arrested a 35-year-old Shelton man accused of kidnapping and raping a woman on Sunday night.

Deputies arrived at an Olympia home late Sunday night after getting a 911 call about a possible assault. When they arrived, a 22-year-old woman told deputies she had been kidnapped, drugged and raped earlier that night, according to the sheriff's office.

The woman said she met a man in Belfair who agreed to give her a ride home. The victim didn't know the man -- later identified as 35-year-old Aslan M. Jeffery -- but a friend said Jeffery would give her a ride north, according to the sheriff's office.

The woman agreed to take the ride, but she knew something was wrong when the man began heading south, instead of driving north like he said he would.

The woman told detectives the driver stopped several times and at one point "forcefully injected her with drugs," according to deputies. The drugs knocked the woman out, and she said when she woke up she was in another area. She said that's when the driver sexually assaulted her.

After the assault, the woman said she and the suspect drove to another area, where the driver fell asleep. When the man was asleep the woman saw her chance to escape. She got out and ran to a nearby home for help, according to deputies.

The woman told police where the man was last parked, and they arrived moments later and found a vehicle matching the description the victim gave them. Jeffery was still inside the vehicle, but deputies say he refused to come out. After "numerous attempts to have him exit," police smashed a window and physically removed Jeffrey from the vehicle.

Investigators looked in the vehicle and found clothes that belonged to the victim.

Jeffery was arrested and booked into Thurston County Jail on a Department of Corrections escape warrant. He's also facing first degree kidnapping and first degree rape charges, according to the sheriff's office.

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