Annapolis Police arrested two men on first-degree rape charges after a witness told officers she saw one sexually assaulting a woman while the other man stood watch.
Rubicel Montiel Lopez, 36, and Jose Alexander Ortiz-Urrutia, 42, both of Annapolis, are being held without bail at the Jennifer Road Detention Center on rape and assault charges following the July 29 incident in a wooded area behind a Shell gas station on West Street.
The woman was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center for various injuries, charging papers say. The witness told police she had run to the woman’s aid after hearing her scream that she was being raped and saw Lopez sexually assaulting her while Ortiz-Urrutia acted as a “lookout,” police wrote in charging papers.
The men fled across West Street after the witness said she was going to call police, according to charging papers. They were both detained by Annapolis police a short time later.
At the hospital, the victim told police the men had kicked and choked her before dragging her into a ravine, according to charging papers. She did not remember anything that happened for a period and woke up in the ravine with pain in her leg and genitals.
The men were ordered held without bail during separate bail reviews Monday. They are both scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 24.
Annapolis Police have not made an arrest yet in a separate July 17 rape case, according to court records. In that incident, detectives responded to Tyler Avenue around 4 a.m., where a woman reported that she had been raped by two men overnight, police said in a news release.