Charges have been fled against two men from Woodland and Portland in connection with an alleged abduction and attempted rape last October.
The men are accused of forcing a woman to strip and taping her to a chair.
Donald Howard McElfish, 62, of Woodland appeared in Cowlitz County Superior Court on Friday in response to a summons for charges of attempted first-degree rape, indecent liberties, first-degree kidnapping and second-degree assault, all allegedly occurring Oct. 5.
McElfish initially as arrested in October but was not charged until June because the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office was continuing its investigation.
Judge Stephen Warning ordered McElfish to appear July 22 and said he could leave.
McElfish’s codefendant, Brandt Lyle Jensen, 41, of Portland was next on the docket, but the clerk said the record showed he had not been served with a summons, so Warning moved on to the next case.
Jensen has been charged with the same crimes as McElfish, plus felony harassment.
According to the sheriff’s office, woman told deputies she was at a home in the 2800 block of Lewis River Road when Jensen accused her of stealing from him. She said Jensen took her to a shop on the same property where McElfish lives, where the two men and a third known as “Piglet” ordered her to take off her clothes and told her she was going to “pay them back” for the stolen items, according to court documents.
She said they duct-taped her to a chair, slapped her and groped her before she was able to escape.
The woman, trying to cover herself with a small towel, then ran up Lewis River Road and broke into a vacant home in the 100 block of Nevala Road about a quarter mile away, authorities said. A woman who lives at the Nevala Road residence found the alleged victim hiding in her home wearing one of her nightgowns and called authorities, according to a police report.