Printed on: May 25, 2013

Ammon man arrested for November rape

By RUTH BROWN
rbrown@postregister.com

The Ammon man recently charged with rape has at least 35 prior misdemeanor convictions and one prior felony conviction.

Bonneville County Sheriff's deputies served an arrest warrant to Augustine Garnica Perez, 34, for the alleged rape of a 33-year-old Idaho Falls woman.

The warrant was issued in November after the woman and her neighbor reported a Nov. 24 attack, Idaho Falls Police spokeswoman Joelyn Hansen said.

The neighbor became involved when she heard a commotion at the home where the alleged rape occurred.

The warrant was issued shortly after the report was made and investigated, Hansen said.

Deputies served the felony warrant around 2 p.m. Thursday at Perez's home, on the 2400 block of South Ammon Road.

Hansen said Perez was acquainted with the woman, but she was unsure as to the extent of their relationship.

Perez remained in custody at Bonneville County Jail on Friday on a $74,165 bond. In addition to being held on the rape charge, he has nine other unrelated charges.

They include three failures to appear, three probation violations and three warrants from Bingham County for misdemeanor crimes.

Perez's long record includes convictions for conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance, driving under the influence, drug charges, domestic violence, obstructing law enforcement, malicious injury to property and a variety of traffic violations.

If convicted, rape is punishable by one year to life in prison.

Ruth Brown can be reached at 542-6750.