Thursday, 30 May 2024

Suspect in Middletown rape arrested

MIDDLETOWN – A Hidden Valley Lake man has been arrested in connection with a rape that is alleged to have occurred late last month.


John Wesley Dunn, 25, is being held at the Lake County Jail, with bail set at $350,000.


He was arrested Aug. 7 on a felony charge of kidnapping with the intent to commit rape.


Court records show that he's facing additional felony charges of rape while using drugs to prevent resisting and assault with the intent to commit a crime.


Dunn, who was arraigned on Monday, is scheduled to appear before Judge Stephen Hedstrom at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 17, to enter a plea.


A 25-year-old Hidden Valley Lake woman had reported to the Lake Count Sheriff's Office on Aug. 1 that she had been raped the previous night, as Lake County News has reported.


Sheriff's Capt. James Bauman said Friday that the woman had met friends and family members for drinks at Twin Pine Casino in Middletown on the evening of July 31, hours before the incident.


Dunn, reported to be an acquaintance of the victim, also had been at the casino that night, said Bauman, and had allegedly offered to take the woman home when she apparently had too much to drink.


On Aug. 6, following several days of further investigation, detectives with the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit secured an arrest warrant and accompanying search warrant for Dunn.


Bauman said Dunn, an assistant golf pro, was arrested at his place of employment in Hidden Valley Lake the following day without incident. The search warrant was executed on his home and vehicle that same day.


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