BROOKLINE -- A 25-year-old man pleaded not guilty today to rape and other charges in an attack early Tuesday on a 30-year-old woman who was walking in the Coolidge Corner area after being dropped off by a taxi.
Jose Arita (WBZ-TV)
Jose Arita of Boston's Brighton section was arraigned this afternoon in Brookline District Court on charges of aggravated rape, kidnapping, and assault with intent to rape, said Norfolk district attorney's spokesman David Traub.
Judge Mary Hogan Sullivan set bail at $150,000 cash. She also ordered Arita to surrender his passport and stay away from the victim. Prosecutors reserved their right to argue for GPS monitoring if Arita does make bail, Traub said. The judge set a probable cause hearing for Sept. 10.
Authorities continue to search for a second man they believe was involved. "We have some solid leads," said Police Chief Daniel C. O'Leary.
A key break in the case came when two Boston police officers recognized the truck used in the attack after looking at surveillance photos of it released by Brookline Police.
Officers Keith Kaplan and Christopher Curtin remembered it as a truck that they had pulled over for a motor vehicle violation weeks ago. They called the Brookline department to tell them they remembered the car, which was registered at an address in Brighton, said Boston Police spokeswoman Elaine Driscoll.
The rape occurred at about 2:20 a.m. Tuesday when the woman, a Brookline resident, was forced into a red pickup truck by two assailants. The men allegedly drove her to a parking lot. The victim described her assailants as men about 30 years old and about 5 feet 10 inches tall.
Brookline police said the woman was returning from the airport and had a suitcase with her. Robbery wasn't a motive; no valuables were taken. The attack and kidnapping lasted an hour.
Arita, a native of Guatemala, has a wife and a 3-year-old child, police said. He was arrested at 2 a.m. today.
The rape was similar to an attack on nearby Winchester Street in May 2008, when a woman walking home from a Red Sox game at 11:30 p.m. was groped and dragged into a car. That woman, who was intoxicated, was able to escape.
The two incidents, however, do not appear to be connected, Brookline Police Lieutenant Philip Harrington said Wednesday. The rape unnerved residents in Coolidge Corner.
Globe correspondent Jazmine Ulloa and Martin Finucane of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
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