King County prosecutors say there is compelling evidence the two men planned and carried out the rape of a Kirkland woman they had met in a Seattle bar.
Two friends from Alaska — one who now lives in Kent, the other stationed with the Army in Texas — each have been charged with second-degree rape for allegedly attacking an intoxicated woman at her Kirkland home on July 2 after sharing an Uber ride from a bar in Seattle, according to King County prosecutors.
The two men told a variety of lies to the 23-year-old victim and her girlfriends, then came up with an elaborate story of a sexual encounter with two sisters as they bragged to a second Uber driver during their ride to Kent, charging papers say.
Levi Brower, 28, remains jailed in lieu of $100,000 bail while co-defendant Dominick Mariutto, 23, was released from jail Friday after posting a $100,000 bond, jail records show.
The victim, who was obviously intoxicated and repeatedly told the men to stop, suffered a serious mouth injury during the 22-minute assault, causing her to throw up blood, say the charges.
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Uber records, which included Mariutto’s cellphone number, coupled with photos posted by the suspects on Facebook, enabled Kirkland police to identify and arrest Brower, who moved to Kent 10 months ago, and Mariutto, who is stationed in El Paso, Texas, according to the charges.
The men told the victim they were brothers, which wasn’t true, lied about their names, where they were from and said they were taking their grandmother to church the next morning, prosecutors allege.
They then told the Uber driver who drove them from the victim’s residence that they had hooked up with two sisters but had to jump from a balcony when the women’s parents came home, say the charges.
“The behavior of these defendants … is compelling evidence these two friends planned this rape,” Senior Deputy Prosecutor Emily Petersen wrote in charging documents. “It is clear that the defendants told the Uber driver such an elaborate lie, in a similar vein to the elaborate lies they had told the victim earlier in the evening, in an attempt to hide the rape they had just committed.”
According to the charges:
The victim and her friends met Brower and Mariutto at a bar on Seattle’s Capitol Hill, and the men offered to share an Uber to the woman’s home in Kirkland while her friends took another car.
After arriving in Kirkland, the intoxicated woman vomited in her front yard and was then helped inside by Brower and Mariutto.
The men “both raped her at the same time, (then) they ordered another Uber car and fled the scene,” a Kirkland police detective wrote in the charging papers.
Uber records quickly led police to Mariutto, who had booked the rides to Kirkland and Kent. From there, police identified Brower, who was pictured in photos on Mariutto’s Facebook page, say the charges.
The victim and a witness independently identified both men from police photo montages, according to the charges.
As of Monday, Mariutto’s Facebook page had been taken down.