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Joaquin Orellana Torres: Northwest Branch Trail rape suspect to remain jailed until trial

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SILVER SPRING, Md. (WJLA) - The man accused of raping and robbing a young woman during a midday jog, will remain locked-up until his trial.

Montgomery County Police say Joaquin Orellana Torres, 24, of Hyattsville, attacked a female, in her 20s, along a secluded stretch of the Northwest Branch Trail in Silver Spring.

On Monday, prosecutors formally charged Orellana Torres, a native of El Salvador, with First Degree Rape and Robbery for the May 5 afternoon ambush. During his bond review, the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office provided chilling details of the crime.

"This was a particularly violent rape... stranger-on-stranger. He repeatedly hit and kicked her." Deputy State's Attorney Laura Chase said before Judge William Simmons. “The facts in this case are egregious. The evidence is very strong – overwhelming, actually."

That list of alleged proof includes DNA samples, a strong composite sketch, and Orellana Torres’ own confession to the crime following his arrest.

"He stuck a knife to her throat, and threatened her with bodily harm, if not death, to commit those sex acts that he wanted that day," Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Ramon Korionoff remarked.

According to charging documents, Orellana Torres used a knife with a florescent green handle to force the woman off the trail, and into a heavily wooded area.

"The woman was able to escape the clutches of this defendant, but he chased her down further," Korionoff added. "This is a heinous crime."

When the attack was over, the 24-year-old allegedly ran away with the woman's iPhone, in the direction of New Hampshire Avenue.

Last Friday, Maryland National Capital Park Police were canvassing yards along the 1100 block of Oakview Drive, some of which back to the Northwest Branch Trail. While behind one home, investigators located a gray backpack on the ground. Orellana Torres was seen walking nearby and arrested.

Court records obtained by ABC7 show Orellana Torres has a history of sex crimes. In Dec. 2008, while enrolled at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, police arrested the then 18-year-old for assaulting a female student.

"Even when I said 'no', he proceeded to try to unbutton my pants," the female victim wrote in a police report.

In 2009, Orellana Torres was found guilty of Second Degree Assault. A judge later sentenced the 5'10" 150 pound teenager to two years probation and 60 hours of community service.

"How would he like it if someone did that to his mother, or to his sister, or to his niece," Northwest Branch Trail bicyclist James Owens added. "I don't think he'd like that too much. It just makes me angry."

Orellana Torres will return to court on June 6 for a preliminary hearing. Law enforcement sources confirm he is in the United States illegally. Federal agencies are now launching their own investigation into the matter.

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