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Sexual Assault Suspects Opt for Judge, Rather Than Jury

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Two Saudi men accused of kidnapping a woman in June and sexually assaulting her at an apartment have opted to have their cases heard by a judge, rather than a jury.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - Two Saudi men accused of kidnapping a woman in June and sexually assaulting her at an apartment have opted to have their cases heard by a judge, rather than a jury.

Online court records show Ahmed Ayed Alanazi, 27, and Rayan Alqabbee, 21, on Monday waived their rights to trials by jury and were assigned court dates for bench trials in May and June, records show.

The two are are charged with kidnapping and forcible sodomy in connection with a June 1, 2013 incident in which a woman was allegedly drugged and taken to an apartment where she was assaulted.

Alqabbee and Alanazi entered not guilty pleas in August and were being held in custody at Greene County Jail in lieu of $1 million bond each. The Saudi Arabian government posted bond for them in December and they were released. Their bonds were later reduced to $100,000 each.

According to court documents, a cab driver called police early on the morning of June 1 to report the men who'd allegedly kidnapped the woman from Zan Nightclub at 311 S. Patton Ave.

The driver told police he dropped the suspects and the woman who was "in and out of consciousness" off at the Deep Elm apartment complex at 701 E. Elm Street.

Officers say they arrived to hear the victim moaning.

Once inside, they found the woman crying on a bed, partially clothed, asking for help. Surveillance video, police say, showed the men carrying an injured woman into the apartments.

The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment. She told police she remembered getting free drinks, being surrounded by a group of men, but nothing else up until she arrived at the apartment.

Alanazi is to appear for trial before Circuit Judge Calvin Holden on May 13. Albaqqaa is to appear before Holden for a June 19 trial.


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