Vineyard man charged after allegedly sexually abusing woman he met in bar

Abdulelah Abdullah Almalki. Photo Courtesy: Utah County

UTAH COUNTY, Utah, Sept. 7, 2020 (Gephardt Daily) — A Vineyard man has been charged after allegedly sexually abusing a woman he met in a bar.

A probable cause statement from Utah County said Abdulelah Abdullah Almalki, 26, is facing charges of:

  • Forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony
  • Forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony

On Sunday night, the arresting officer was contacted to respond to an address in Vineyard for the report of a possible rape, the statement said.

“I was told a female had been running through the area screaming and two males were trying to hold the female down while she was screaming,” the statement said. “A couple from a nearby residence was able to get the female away from the two males. The female was reported to be naked from the waist up until the males threw her shirt back to her.”

The victim reported she had been to a bar in Pleasant Grove where she met Almalki, who invited her to his residence for an after party.

The female reported riding in an Uber with two men back to their residence, and she told officials once there, Almalki forced himself on her. The victim said she was unable to get him to stop and she “froze” due to her anxiety disorder, the statement said.

“After a while she was able to break free and run from the residence to try and get help,” the statement said. “She ran through the building complex trying to get help and Abdulelah was running after her.”

The witnesses who helped the victim reported a Middle Eastern man “stating not to call the police because he would go to jail,” the statement said. The witnesses confirmed seeing the men run away to the northeast toward a row of townhomes.

A patrol deputy recognized the suspect’s name and recalled a previous incident in which a male of the same name lived at the Vineyard address where the rape had been reported.

The suspect was at the residence with the other man, the statement said.

Both men were detained, and a security sweep was conducted. During the sweep no other individuals were located, however a rose-colored bra was in plain view on the bedroom closet floor, the statement said. Video cameras were also located inside the residence outside of the bedroom where the bra was located. A search warrant was obtained for the residence. Property was collected and booked into the Utah County Sheriff’s Office Evidence Division. The probable cause statement did not identify the other man.

The victim told officials she had been wearing a rose-pink colored bra and did not have it when she left. The victim was transported to the hospital for a Code R Exam, to check for a possible sexual assault.

Almalki was read his Miranda rights and he requested not to answer any questions. The suspect was transported to Utah County Jail with his bail set at $40,000.


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