MILWAUKEE -- 28-year-old Jose Arevalo-Viera -- one of two men accused of abducting a woman from downtown Milwaukee and sexually assaulting her in Kenosha County waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial Monday, July 17th.
Jose Arevalo-Viera faces one count of first degree sexual assault, use of a dangerous weapon. He is due back in court August 2nd for his arraignment.
18-year-old Grabiel Arias-Martinez faces one count of kidnapping/carrying without consent, as party to a crime. He made his initial appearance in court on July 17th. Probable cause was found for further proceedings in the case, and a preliminary hearing was set for July 25th.
Cash bond was set at $45,000.
The men were arrested in Kentucky.
According to a criminal complaint, Arevalo-Viera broke through a woman’s car window with a sledgehammer while she was parked near Van Buren and Clybourn in Milwaukee on June 16th. Once Arevalo-Viera was inside of her vehicle, he displayed a box cutter and ordered her to drive to Chicago.
Arias-Martinez was following them in a pickup truck.
During the drive, the complaint indicates Arevalo-Viera ordered the victim to pull over where I-94, heading eastbound, curves near the 27th Street exit. There was a wooded area there.
Arevalo-Viera allegedly told the victim if she wanted to live, she would listen to what he said. He ordered her to get her purse and her dog out of the vehicle. Arevalo-Viera then exited the vehicle on the passenger side and pulled the victim through the passenger door as well.
Arevalo-Viera then climbed into the pickup truck being driven by Arias-Martinez and ordered the victim to climb in the backseat as well. Once in the back seat, Arevalo-Viera displayed a three-inch knife with a curved blade and a black and silver handle, according to the criminal complaint.
According to the criminal complaint, during the drive, Arevalo-Viera and Arias-Martinez were bickering and Arevalo-Viera told Arias-Martinez, “Get the gun. Get the gun. Get the gun. I’m going to shoot her!”
The criminal complaint states that Arevalo-Viera "slapped and punched" the victim multiple times before sexually assaulting her. The victim told investigators she was yelling as loud as she could -- but Arias-Martinez turned up the music and continued driving.
After the assault, the victim was dumped near West Frontage Road and Highway 165 in Kenosha County. The victim told police she walked to several homes in an effort to seek help but no one answered their doors. Eventually, she ended up at a truck stop in Pleasant Prairie -- where a truck driver allowed her to use his telephone and she was able to call 911.
During the course of this investigation, law enforcement officers learned that the victim's vehicle was towed. The vehicle was processed for potential evidence. A fingerprint was lifted from a Ziploc bag that was found within the vehicle. That print was compared and matched the right middle finger of Jose Arevalo-Viera.
The Milwaukee Police Department, working in collaboration with federal law enforcement, located the pickup truck believed to be used in the alleged sexual assault on June 20th on I-71 as it was approaching the Louisville, Kentucky area.
This, after police released video of the vehicle, and a sketch of one of the suspects.
As law enforcement attempted to stop the vehicle, Arevalo-Viera fled on foot into a wooded area. Following a lengthy search, Arevalo-Viera, who was armed with a knife, was arrested.
An arrest report indicates Arias-Martinez was taken into custody on June 21st in Louisville, Kentucky.
These suspects are also linked to an attempted abduction of two women leaving Buffalo Wild Wings in Kenosha on June 15th — one day before the abduction in downtown Milwaukee.
According to police, it happened between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. on 118th Avenue near 71st Street.
Police said two female victims reported as they were leaving the area, a vehicle began to follow them. This vehicle later pulled alongside, and a Hispanic male suspect tried to get the females to speak with him.
When they refused, the male suspect went back to his vehicle and removed what they believed was a weapon.
The female victims then drove away, but were again stopped by the suspect a short distance later.
The suspect was again holding the weapon, police said, however, the females were able to drive away a second time, and get to safety.
Kenosha police investigated in the area — but nothing was located.
The crimes Arevalo-Viera now stands accused of in Wisconsin are only part of a longer list of charges in Kentucky.
Court documents obtained by FOX6 show Arevalo-Viera has been charged in connection with more than a half-dozen other crimes in the Louisville area.
In recent weeks, Arevalo-Viera has been charged with sexual abuse, robbery, burglary, and an assault case — accused of shooting a man multiple times with a handgun.