Trial of accused child rapist to begin May 29 at RJC

The case of an Auburn man whom the King County Prosecutor claims took a 14-year-old Mt. Baker Middle School student to his apartment on Oct. 9, 2018 and raped her is headed for trial.

The Prosecutor’s office expects Ronald Williams trial to begin at 9 a.m., May 29 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

Williams is up against a charge of second-degree rape, which is a class A felony.

At first, the KCP filed charges of third-degree rape of a child, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault against Williams but it later dropped the kidnapping and assault charges, leaving him up against the single charge of second-degree rape.

The amended charge suggests possible problems with the original account.

Here, according to the account written up by the Auburn Police Department, is what happened:

At about 12:40 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9 Auburn officers responded to a call about a possible kidnapping and sexual assault in the 500 block of 37th Street Southeast. Officers found the victim, who reported that a felony had occurred at 537 37th St. SE. Police say the girl had picked up her attacker’s cellphone during a lull in the assault and called 911.

Police said when they arrived and escorted the traumatized girl away, Williams barricaded himself in his apartment with a handgun and refused to come out, At that point, Valley Com dispatched negotiators and the Valley SWAT to the scene, Mt. Baker Middle School and Gildo Rey Elementary were placed under precautionary lockdown, and police closed both directions of 37th Street Southeast for several hours.

Shortly before 5 p.m., Williams surrendered to police, without further incident. No shots were fired during the standoff.

The girl told police her attacker had stuck what she believed to be a gun in her back as she was walking to school, told her to cooperate and play nice and directed her to his apartment, where he raped her.

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