From STAFF REPORTS
Two Roanoke men have been arrested following the June 25 rape of a woman at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park in Moneta.
Officials said this was an isolated incident and there is no need for concern for the public’s safety.
Franklin County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the park just after 4 p.m. for a report of a sexual assault. An unidentified woman told deputies that the assailant fled into a wooded area near the beach.
The Virginia Conservation Police and Virginia State Police also responded to the scene and assisted with the search for the suspect. A sergeant with the Virginia Conservation Police was able locate the male suspect following a brief search of the wooded area.
An investigation by the sheriff’s office revealed that two females and three males had arrived at the park together. At some point, two of the males sexually assaulted one of the females. According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, alcohol was involved. Both males were arrested and are currently being held without bond.
Jorge Pena, 26, was charged with being an accessory before the fact of a felony, and is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail. Sammy Hamadeh, 22, was charged with rape and is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.