Man accused of brutally assaulting woman after kidnapping her in Benton City

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BENTON CITY, Wash. – A high-violent offender is suspected of kidnapping his ex-girlfriend in Benton City and brutally assaulting her as he forced her to drive Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies say it all started around 5:45 p.m., when Rodolfo Lopez Alfaro, 31, met up with the 33-year-old victim at the Conoco gas station on Ninth Street to exchange belongings after they broke up.

Lopez Alfaro allegedly jumped into the woman’s car and forced her to drive while repeatedly punching her in the face. They went down Webber Canyon Road south of Benton City.

During the drive, the woman had to stop because she had blood in her eyes that was blocking her vision.

Deputies said Lopez Alfaro had her get in the backseat and pointed a pistol at her and threatened to kill her as he drove them to Southwest Anderson Road near State Route 221 and Sellards Road.

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On Anderson Road, Lopez Alfaro reportedly dropped the gun, and the woman escaped from the car as he bent down to retrieve it. Deputies said she hid in some tall grass near a residence, then went to the home to get help as the suspect drove off.

The woman was transported to Kadlec where she received treatment for several broken teeth, a broken hand and lacerations.

Over the next few hours, deputies were able to trace the suspect to a home in the 300 block of Seventh Street in Benton City and waited for him outside.

Around 10 a.m. Wednesday, deputies saw the suspect leave the home in a car with two other men. They pulled over the car in Kiona, and the suspect allegedly tried to run away on foot before K-9 Sable apprehended him.

Lopez Alfaro was arrested and booked at the Benton County Jail on charges of first-degree assault and first-degree kidnapping.

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