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KC man charged with rape gets arrested in New Jersey for kidnapping, sexual assault

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BELLMAWR, N.J. — A man charged in Jackson County with first-degree rape was arrested and charged in New Jersey on Tuesday morning for allegedly sexually assaulting and kidnapping the same woman. Jose C. Amaya-Vasquez, 30, is accused of sexually assaulting the victim, who is also the mother of their child, in motels in Ohio and New Jersey in addition to allegedly raping her in Kansas City, Mo., this past February.

A news release from the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office states that Kansas City detectives used cell phone evidence to track Amaya-Vasquez to a Super 8 Motel in Bellmawr, and investigators believe he was taking the victim and their two-year-old daughter to New York City. He allegedly kidnapped the victim this past Saturday at knifepoint.

Officers responding to the motel found that Amaya-Vasquez had escaped the room through the ceiling and fled into nearby woods. He managed to climb a tree before he was apprehended and booked into the Camden County Jail.

Jackson County court documents filed on Wednesday state that police interviewed the victim months ago, and she said Amaya-Vasquez raped her on February 14. A probable cause statement describes she and Amaya-Vasquez were previously in a relationship and had a daughter, but separated, and she hadn’t seen him in about a year. She said at the beginning of February, Amaya-Vasquez returned to the United State and said he didn’t have a place to stay, so she allowed him to stay at her home.

She told police she returned home at about 3 a.m. on February 14, and Amaya-Vasquez demanded she let him in a bathroom. When she didn’t let him in, he forced entry and was holding a .38 revolver. She said they struggled, and she was eventually able to escape and run into the kitchen. There, she said Amaya-Vasquez followed her, picked up a knife and put it to her throat, and said, “we’re going to have sex or you’ll never see your kids again.”

She said he attempted to rape her in the kitchen, but was interrupted by their daughter. After he took their daughter back to her room, she said Amaya-Vasquez raped her, and said if she called police he would have her three children who were living in Honduras killed within two days. She then called police after he left for work.

In addition to the sexual assault and kidnapping charges in New Jersey, Amaya-Vasquez also faces unlawful possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose, terroristic threats and resisting arrest. He’s being held in jail on $400,000 bail, and is also under investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as he’s believed to be from Honduras and may be in the U.S. without proper documentation.