A woman has come forward to police alleging she was raped on May 14, 2020 in a room at the Motel 6 on 2nd Avenue in Kennewick.

The woman said in her statement to the police that she had met Marnicus Lockhard through a mutual friend and had requested a ride home from him.

He agreed to give the victim the ride, but he did not take her to her residence, he allegedly took her to his room at the Motel 6 in Kennewick where she says he raped her. The two then left the location. It is not clear what happened immediately after that.

The Kennewick Police have substantiated the allegations through the recovery of evidence at the location of attack.

The suspect, with an assist from the Richland Police Department, was arrested without incident and is currently in the Benton County Jail on a 72-hour hold charged with the crime of rape in the 3rd degree.

This is the Press Release from KPD:

A victim contacted law enforcement alleging she had been raped on 05/14/20. Upon contacting the victim she stated she had met Marnicus Lockhard through a mutual acquaintance and requested a ride from him to a friend's house. Instead of taking the victim to the requested location, Lockhard drove her to his motel room at the Motel 6 in Kennewick. According to the victim, Lockhard then raped her before the two left the location. During the investigation evidence has been obtained substantiating the victims allegations. With the assistance of Richland PD, Lockhard was contacted and taken into custody without incident. He was booked on a 72 hour hold for the crime of Rape 3rd Degree.

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