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    Bellingham Police arrest man accused of rape, seek public’s help in identifying additional victims

    According to the Bellingham Police Department (BPD), officers recently took 27-year-old Julio C. Ortiz-Ortiz into custody based on probable cause for attempted second-degree rape and unlawful imprisonment with sexual motivation. Authorities say these charges stemmed from an incident that happened on Nov. 18.

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    “We are concerned for Bellingham’s vulnerable population. To best protect our community, we need help from the public to better identify the scope of what we are dealing with,” said Chief Rebecca Mertzig. “We are providing the community with Ortiz-Ortiz’s photo to see if there are additional victims. It is an extreme injustice when a person’s existing vulnerabilities expose them to victimization and predatory behavior.”

    These could be men experiencing homelessness, or men who are incapacitated by alcohol or other substances.

    Ortiz-Ortiz is described as being 5’7″, weighing around 260 pounds. He has long dark wavy hair, brown eyes and a dark skin complexion. He’s bilingual, speaking both English and Spanish.

    This is a developing story.


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