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Investigator testifies in alleged rape, kidnapping case in Gainesville
Gabriel Robles
Gabriel Robles

A Gainesville Police investigator said a woman had no memory of how she made it to the Motel 6 in Gainesville in an alleged kidnapping and rape case discussed Thursday in Magistrate Court.

Gabriel Robles appeared to face those charges and transaction card fraud during a committal hearing.

Gainesville Police believe the rape took place between Feb. 25 and Feb. 26, 2018.

Warrants for Robles’ arrest were issued on Dec. 18 for kidnapping and transaction card fraud, and the warrant for rape was issued Dec. 21.

Some of the reason for the delay before an arrest came from awaiting forensics and other tests to be performed, Sgt. Kevin Holbrook said.

Investigator Stephen Johnson said the woman filed a report Feb. 26 and had been out the night before with friends.The last place she remembered was a downtown restaurant.

Police reviewed surveillance footage on the night.

“He was struggling to pull her out of the car,” Johnson said.

Robles also allegedly used two credit cards, including one belonging to the woman, to pay for the room, Johnson said.

When interviewed by police, Robles told the investigator he had carried her up to the room but said the two had consensual sex, according to the investigator’s testimony.

There also was a text sent from Robles to the woman, where he said he was also drunk, Johnson said.

Holbrook previously said the woman was in “no state of mind … to give authority to be taken from one location to the other and/or to consent to sexual relations.”

The woman and Robles share mutual friends but told police there was no other relationship between the two, Johnson said.

Defense attorney Scott Tolbert asked Johnson about the people that were with the woman as well as any previous communication between Robles and the woman.

“If there’s more than what I’ve told you, then no, I haven’t seen more than that,” Johnson said.

The judge sent the case on to Superior Court.

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