FOLLOWUP: Fake-rideshare-rape suspect Israel Ramos-Islas charged

The King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office has filed a charge of first-degree rape against 34-year-old Israel Ramos-Islas, the man arrested and accused of picking up a 27-year-old woman in Ballard last December, pretending to be the ride-share driver she had summoned, and raping her in his car in unincorporated North Highline. From the court documents:

As documented in the certification for the determination of probable cause, the defendant posed on at least three occasions as an UBER driver. On two of those occasions he was successful in luring women, who had been drinking, into his car. In doing so, he not only isolated those women but also through his deception, learned where these women lived and then returned to their homes after the initial contact. In the present case, the defendant took advantage of (the victim’s) vulnerability due to her intoxication, kidnapped her and raped her in the backseat of his car. The defendant’s behavior can only be described as predatory.

While Ramos-Islas is charged only in the December incident, the two other incidents that are under investigation are described as having happened in Ballard and Fremot. He remains in the King County Jail, in lieu of $750,000 bail.

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