Search for rapist continues |

Search for rapist continues

El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a Tahoma man wanted on suspicion of kidnapping and raping his 23-year-old wife.

Jared Hale, 28, is considered armed and dangerous and has been on the run since July 2.

Investigators allege he raped his wife inside a cabin they shared, then kidnapped her and their daughter at gunpoint and drove off with them in a van.

The 23-year-old woman had come back to the cabin with her sister to pack up clothes. She decided to move out of the cabin because Hale was allegedly making threatening phone calls to the cabin despite a restraining order.

Investigators believe Hale hid his silver Ford ranger nearby before he shut himself in one of the cabin’s closets, tucked a pistol in his belt and waited for her to arrive.

Hale left the woman’s sister at the cabin but forced his wife and 1 1/2-year-old daughter into a white van and drove north on State Route 89 toward Homewood.

A deputy who sped from South Shore to Tahoma was told by dispatch to look for the white van and quickly spotted it. He switched on his patrol car’s overhead lights and stopped the vehicle.

Once the van stopped, the woman struggled her way out of the driver’s side door. Then Hale gunned the engine and eluded deputies from El Dorado County and Placer County during a high-speed chase that reached speeds up to 95 mph. About 30 minutes later, deputies found the van parked at the end of a dead-end road in Placer County.

“We’re following up on some stuff, we got some word he maybe camping in the woods on West Shore,” said El Dorado County sheriff’s Sgt. Bob Johnston. “If people see him we want to know about it. But they should not approach him because we consider him armed and dangerous. We’ve gotten conflicting information but we believe he is an outdoor-type person, likes the woods and has experience camping.”

El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office has filed four felony charges against Hale: false imprisonment, kidnap, rape and child endangerment.

“We’re very interested in finding Mr. Hale. We consider him to be armed and potentially dangerous,” said Assistant District Attorney Hans Uthe. “A weapon was not recovered from van.”

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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