Woman reports being forced into parking garage stairwell, raped
Police often say random acts of violence are not common in Anchorage. In most cases, victims of violent crime know their perpetrators — but in the case of a recent sexual assault in a parking garage stairwell, APD says the suspect was a stranger to the victim.
According to court documents, the woman was walking along Sixth Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, when she first crossed paths with her attacker. Surveillance footage shows the man walking past the woman, who appears to be impaired and staggering, then man then turns around and follows her.
A different surveillance camera inside a J.C. Penney Co. parking garage lobby captured the man holding the door for the woman, then forcing her into the stairwell. The video shows the woman grasping for the door frame to get away, but the man pulls her back and assaults her.
According to the charging documents, the woman was eventually able to get away, then call police:
"[The victim] reported that a male came from behind her, covered her mouth, and pushed her into the JC Penney parking garage stairwell. [The victim] reported the man pulled down her pants and penetrated her penis to vagina. [The victim] stated she told the man to stop multiple times and was eventually able to get away."
"This lady did everything right," said APD Public Information Officer Renee Oistad. "First of all, she survived. Secondly, as soon as she was able, she called for help, gave an excellent description to officers, she cooperated with the process. Because she was so quick in asking for our help, we were able to get the suspect into custody very quickly."
APD arrested 22-year-old Raymond Genaro on sexual assault charges.
According to court documents, Genaro initially told police he had hit a woman in the stairwell, then changed his story:
"When confronted with what detectives observed in the surveillance video, GENARO admitted to using force against [the victim] and that she did not like it. GENARO wrote a letter of apology stating, 'Im [sic] sorry.' On another piece of paper he wrote 'I apologize for sexually assaulting you,' then drew a line through the statement."
According to online court records, Genaro's bail is set at $10,000. If he is able to post the entire amount in cash, he'll be released on pretrial supervision with an electronic monitor.
APD originally arrested Genaro on charges of first-degree sexual assault — penetration without consent — and second-degree sexual assault — contact without consent.
However, the Anchorage District Attorney's Office has filed charges of attempted first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault.
The prosecutor assigned to the case said the initial charges are based on what detectives observed on the surveillance footage and could change after the case is presented to a grand jury for indictment.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to include additional information from the Anchorage DA's Office regarding the initial charges against Genaro.
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