ILWACO — Two active-duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard stationed at Cape Disappointment were arrested Thursday and booked into Pacific County Jail on charges of rape 2nd degree and voyeurism 1st degree.
The arrests of Guillermo J. Gutierrez, 27, of Ilwaco and Salvador M. Zamora, 24, of Tacoma were made by the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from U.S. Coast Guard Investigations, according to the sheriff’s office. Gutierrez is being held on $150,000 bail, and Zamora is being held on $100,000 bail.
The arrests were made as the result of an investigation by the two agencies of a sexual assault that allegedly occurred just outside of the incorporated limits of Ilwaco. Investigators learned of the sexual assault allegations in early September and began inquiries. The sheriff’s office obtained search warrants and collected evidence that ultimately led to the arrests.
“The Pacific County Sheriff’s Office values the relationship it has with the U.S. Coast Guard and appreciates the assistance they provided in investigating this case,” Sheriff Scott Johnson said in a press release.
Rape 2nd degree is Class A felony punishable by up to life in prison and/or a $50,000 fine. Voyeurism 1st degree is a Class C felony.
More details will be released as they become available.