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Marysville man with 27 convictions, arrested for 2019 sexual assault

MARYSVILLE, Wash., December 15, 2023—Rhyan Tyler Vasquez, 28, who was wanted on felony warrants for first-degree rape, kidnapping, and escape from community custody was apprehended on December 14 near the 3100 block of Pine Street in Seattle.

The operation occurred around 3:30 p.m. on Thursday and involved the Snohomish County Violent Offender Task Force (VOTF) with assistance from the Everett Police Department’s Anti-Crime Team (ACT) and Violent Crime Unit (VCU).

Rhyan Tyler Vasquez
Items seized by law enforcement in possession by Rhyan Tyler Vasquez in Thursday arrest. SOURCE: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon his arrest, law enforcement seized a loaded .357 revolver on Vasquez, large amounts of suspected fentanyl powder and methamphetamines, and packaging material commonly associated with the sales of narcotics. Vasquez is currently in custody within the Snohomish County Jail where he is facing additional charges.

Rhyan Tyler Vasquez
Jail roster of Rhyan Tyler Vasquez. SOURCE: Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office.

According to court documents obtained by the Lynnwood Times, Vasquez is no stranger to the law. At the time of his release in July of 2019 from Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Jefferson County after serving a four-year sentence for an April 2015 first degree robbery conviction, Vasquez had 27 criminal convictions and 39 previous court warrants for his arrest. In May of 2015 he was convicted for second degree escaped from a detention facility and in January 2019 for an attempt to elude police.

His criminal record extends back to 2009, when as a juvenile, he was first convicted of third-degree theft. From 2009 to 2018 Vasquez was convicted of multiple counts of theft, multiple counts of possession of a control substance or drug paraphernalia, multiple counts of driving a motor vehicle without a license, multiple counts of driving on a suspended license, multiple counts of domestic violence, possession of a deadly weapon, obstruction and resisting arrest.

Rhyan Tyler Vasquez
Rhyan Tyler Vasquez. SOURCE: Department of Corrections.

The latest arrest warrant issued on December 11, 2023, against Vasquez was in relation to the alleged 2019 first degree rape of his then ex-girlfriend who picked him up from Clallam Bay Corrections Center to give him a ride home to Marysville. On September 20, 2019, Vasquez was arrested by Marysville Police on first-degree kidnapping for allegedly attempting to kidnap the same ex-girlfriend at gunpoint and breaking her jaw with a firearm that resulted in $40,000 of reconstructive surgery.

A month earlier in August of 2019, the ex-girlfriend filed a Protection Order against Vasquez with allegations of repeated rape on the drive back from prison, theft of her cellphone, and domestic violence including threats to kill her.

Two years later in July of 2021, Vasquez was transported from Snohomish County Jail to Jefferson County Jail to be arraigned in Jefferson County Superior Court for the 2019 repeated rape and kidnapping of his then ex-girlfriend. He was in custody at the Snohomish County Jail for violating his 18-month parole from the July 2019 conditional release from prison for first degree robbery due to the 2019 allegations from his ex-girlfriend.

Vasquez allegedly first raped his ex-girlfriend on the drive from prison between Port Angeles and Sequim and then again at Triton Cove State Park which are all located within Jefferson County. He then pulled into a construction area near the Tacoma Dome and raped the victim again, this time in Pierce County. An unlawful imprisonment charge was added to these alleged assaults.

Apparently in December of 2021, all four counts—first-degree rape (domestic violence), first-degree kidnapping (domestic violence), unlawful imprisonment (domestic violence), and harassment-threats to kill (domestic violence)—were dropped without prejudice, meaning that the state could bring charges and refile the case.

Snohomish County Superior Court Judge Anna Alexander presided over his case for unlawful imprisonment and second-degree assault related to the attempted kidnapping of his ex-girlfriend in September 2019. In this case, he pled guilty in May of 2022, to the second-degree assault (domestic violence) and the charge of unlawful imprisonment was dropped.

The Snohomish County Prosecutor recommended 50 months with 18 months of parole, but the parties agreed that he be awarded 980 days credit for time served pre-trial in Jefferson County.

In December of 2022 the rape case of his ex-girlfriend was reinstated but three of the charges were dropped—first-degree kidnapping, unlawful imprisonment, and harassment-threats to kill.

Another former girlfriend from high school in August of 2023, filed a protection order against Vasquez for domestic violence where he allegedly stole her father’s handgun and threatened to kill her.

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