A 21-year-old man has been charged with beating and intimidating a woman who is a key witness against an alleged pimp now standing trial.
A 21-year-old man is accused of beating and intimidating a woman who is a key witness against an alleged pimp now standing trial in King County Superior Court.
Kyle Rials was charged last week with second-degree assault and intimidating a witness, according to charging documents. He was arrested Feb. 6 and is being held at the Norm Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent in lieu of $150,000 bail, jail records show.
Rials allegedly bumped into the woman, now 22, in the parking lot of a Renton convenience store Feb. 1 and accused her of being a snitch against D’Marco Mobley, whose trial began last week, charging papers say.
Mobley, also 21, has been in jail since June on charges of robbery, kidnapping, rape, promoting prostitution and promoting the commercial sexual abuse of a minor. The charges resulted from his alleged pimping of three young women, including the 22-year-old woman Rials is accused of assaulting.
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Mobley’s alleged victims have all testified against him. His trial is expected to last until mid-March.
During the confrontation in Renton, Rials allegedly accosted the woman, calling her a snitch and threatening her, charging papers say. When he ran to open the trunk of his car, the woman, “fearing for her life, got into her car and tried to leave quickly,” the papers say. But she struck Rials’ car.
Rials then allegedly rushed her vehicle, punched out the driver’s side window with his fist, grabbed the woman by the hair, opened her door and began punching and kicking her in the head and face, charges say.
A passenger in the woman’s car was able to put the vehicle in reverse and back away quickly, allowing the two to escape, charging papers say. The incident was captured by a video-surveillance camera, the papers say.
The woman, who required medical treatment, considered not testifying against Mobley “as a result of this assault and for fear of further reprisal,” the papers say.
According to charging documents in Mobley’s case, the same woman was beaten and sexually assaulted by Mobley and an unknown male and locked in the trunk of a car for more than 20 hours after she attempted to sever ties with Mobley in June.
On Feb. 2, Benton granted an emergency order prohibiting Mobley from using the phone at the King County Jail or accepting certain visitors, including Rials, his mother and his wife, a woman who also allegedly prostituted for Mobley and who married him Oct. 4 while he was behind bars, according to court and county marriage records.
Mobley’s wife and another associate are suspected of assaulting the youngest of Mobley’s alleged victims who was 17 when Mobley is accused of forcing her to work for him as a prostitute.
The alleged victim, now 18, was in downtown Seattle on Oct. 20 when she was approached by Mobley’s wife and the associate, who allegedly called her a snitch and assaulted her, court records show. The Seattle Times is not naming Mobley’s wife or the associate because it does not appear either has been charged in connection with that assault.
Sara Jean Green: 206-515-5654 or firstname.lastname@example.org