Alleged rapist eludes police |

Alleged rapist eludes police

She was scared he might show up, but she went back to their Tahoma cabin anyway to pack some clothes.

Her worst fears were realized in her daughter’s room. Her estranged husband came out of a shut closet with a pistol tucked in his waistband.

El Dorado County sheriff’s detectives say Jared Hale then raped his 23-year-old wife. As of Tuesday night, Hale was being sought by deputies on suspicion of kidnap, rape and assault with a deadly weapon.

Deputies consider Hale to be armed and dangerous. He reportedly said to his wife Monday night that he will not be taken by law enforcement.

“That’s definitely a red flag for caution,” said El Dorado County sheriff’s Detective Tom Hill. “Do not approach him. If he takes off, get a clothing description, direction of travel and of course a description of any vehicle.”

Before Monday’s attack, Hale, 28, worked for the state at parks and beaches on the West Shore. On June 8, a judge issued a temporary restraining order requiring Hale to stay away from his wife. By the end of the month, the restraining order was made permanent.

Still, Hale appeared in the couple’s cabin on Monday around 6:30 p.m.

That’s when the victim’s sister, who had gone to the cabin to help with the move, called the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department. She told the dispatcher that Hale drove her sister and their year-old daughter away in a white van.

Twenty minutes later, a deputy arrived in Tahoma and stopped a white van going north on State Route 89. As he approached the vehicle, a 23-year-old woman struggled her way out of the driver’s side door.

The van sped off north on Highway 89, reaching speeds as high as 95 mph. The driver, believed to be Hale, evaded the deputy as well as a Placer County sheriff’s deputy.

The van was located about 30 minutes later parked at the end of Park Avenue in Placer County. Deputies found the little girl inside, safe and strapped in a car seat. A neighbor told deputies that they saw a man run from the van into the woods.

Hale is described as 5 feet, 9 inches tall, 175 pounds, blue eyes, with short brown hair and a beard. He owns a 1988 silver Ford Ranger pickup with a California license plate 3P94185. Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Detective Steve Fleischmann at (530) 573-3015.

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