Crime

Boise man accused of rape, restraining woman in home

Vincent Moreno.
Vincent Moreno.

Vincent P. Moreno allegedly sexually assaulted and choked his victim multiple times, and kept her from leaving a house near the intersection of West State Street and North Street in Boise for several days earlier this month, Boise police said Tuesday.

Moreno, 19, was in the Ada County Jail Tuesday night, charged with three felony counts of rape, first-degree kidnapping and attempted strangulation. In addition, police said, he was also wanted for violating a no-contact order in another domestic violence case involving a separate victim.

Moreno was being held on $500,000 bond for the rape charge.

The newest case was originally reported as a battery, police said. Responding investigators found evidence of sexual assault and choking, and the victim was taken to a local hospital and treated for injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

“After officers contacted the suspect he turned himself in on November 9 and he was placed under arrest,” states a BPD press release.

Moreno was arraigned Tuesday on all four charges and was given a public defender. A no-contact order was also put in place in his newest case.

His next hearing for the three felonies will be a preliminary hearing on Nov. 24. Such a hearing determines if there is enough evidence for charges to proceed to district court and a full trial.

For the violation of the no-contact order in the earlier case, Moreno’s next scheduled appearance is a pretrial conference on Dec. 28. A jury trial for that misdemeanor charge has been scheduled for Jan. 21. Moreno pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the violation.

The victim in the case is receiving help through the department’s Victim Services Unit.

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