Man charged in rape of girl

A Lake Stevens man was charged Wednesday with second-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment and giving drugs to a minor after he allegedly molested a 15-year-old girl and kept her captive for three days.

James Franklin Snyder, 30, was charged in Everett District Court Wednesday. The incident started Dec. 18. The girl was rescued Dec. 21 by a family friend.

Deputy prosecutor Craig Matheson said the case remains under investigation.

Snyder took the girl to several homes in the Granite Falls and Machias areas, raped her and forced her to take illegal drugs, according to a search warrant.

The girl left her home late Dec. 18, and was picked up by a car driven by Snyder, according to court papers. The papers did not say which town the girl is from.

Snyder repeatedly told the girl that he would take her home the next day, but didn’t, court papers said. She was taken to his home and several others that police believe are connected to drug use or stolen property, court papers said.

Snyder is accused of supplying her with methamphetamine several times each day and insisting that she take the drugs, court papers said.

The girl told police that at one point Snyder placed two patches on her skin. She described them as morphine patches that made her feel intoxicated and that caused blackouts,

On Dec. 20, she was at Snyder’s house when a young woman in her late teens tried to rescue her, court papers said.

“Snyder became enraged and pushed (the rescuer) onto the bed,” the papers said. The young woman fought with Snyder, but left without the victim, according to the documents.

Late Dec. 21, Snyder drove to the home of a relative, but nobody was home and he broke in through a window, court papers said. The people at the house had a domestic violence protection order prohibiting Snyder from being at the residence, the documents said.

The girl told detectives she was sexually assaulted while at the house, but was unconscious part of the time, the documents said.

A friend of the family eventually found the girl and returned her to her home. Court papers did not explain how the friend located the girl.

The girl was under the influence of drugs when she was returned home and slept for several hours. She was later examined at a hospital, where tests showed she had taken methamphetamine and marijuana, the document said.

Reporter Jim Haley: 425-339-3447 or haley@heraldnet.com.

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