Suspect Arrested in June Motel Rape

Melbrough Wiliams, 44, of Temecula, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of kidnap for ransom with injury; strong-arm robbery; rape by threat of authority and rape with a foreign object.

A man suspected of raping a woman at gunpoint in a Temecula motel room last month was behind bars Saturday, authorities said.

Melbrough Wiliams, 44, of Murrieta, was booked into the county jail on suspicion of kidnap for ransom with injury; strong-arm robbery; rape by threat of authority and rape with a foreign object.

He was picked up by Costa Mesa police Friday after sheriff's investigators from Temecula tracked him to that city, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Kevin McDonald.

On Saturday morning, investigators served a search warrant at the suspect's home in the 40300 Block of Jacob Way in Murrieta.

Detectives also questioned the suspect, the sergeant said.

The case stems from a rape and robbery at the motel in Temecula June 29, McDonald said.

It was unclear whether the alleged victim and suspect were acquainted with one another but the sergeant said the suspect met the victim at the motel.

Melbrough remained in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail, pending arraignment Tuesday at the Southwest Justice Center.

Brenda July 29, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Jesus, I don't recall reading about this in the paper when it happened. Horrible crimes and situation in general. People, man or women, no matter what your bag is, or you are doing, DO NOT MEET people you know, or dont know well by yourself, especially at a hotel, or somewhere it would not take alot of effort to subdue you, toss you in a trunk and take you somewhere else. Just because you are 20, 30, 40 now does not mean you don't have to listen to the old saftely rules us Moms taught you when you were little. If if its a drug thing, prostitution thing, old boyfriend give his clothes back kind of thing, whatever, do NOT go alone, have someone outside the door, whatever it takes to keep you safe! Good job Temecula PD on staying on top of the suspect, Rip young lady, and praying god grants her family some bit of peace now that he is locked up.
LBV Collins July 29, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Hi Brenda. I don't think the victim was killed.
Badangel July 29, 2012 at 04:19 PM
It does'nt much matter the circumstances, he got caught for these crimes and he should pay with the rest of his life...This means not letting him go because there's no room in prison.
Cash July 30, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Why wasn't this in the paper earlier? The community deserves to know there is a rapist on the loose! Now this looser can learn what it's like to be raped! Have fun perv.
Gail Thomas August 02, 2012 at 06:18 AM
If you don't know the whole story stop posting stupid comments and don,t be so Quick to judge this could be all false charges.
Connie Lingus November 02, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Crime in Temecula is up 27% over 09 figures. 10' and 11' are even higher. FBI stats indicate demographics of the perps, 95% don't own homes. Sure Temecula, allow more low income housing, build more apartments, more hud housing. Why Not? Gotta meet your Agenda 21 requirements some way.


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