Investigators: Rape suspect deported 9 times; victim 'disgusted'

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by CHRIS INGALLS / KING 5 News

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Posted on May 26, 2010 at 10:29 PM

Updated Thursday, May 27 at 2:33 PM

EDMONDS, Wash. - You've probably heard about the crime, a rape in Edmonds, and the suspect who has been deported nine times. The story has made national headlines.

Now we know more about the victim, a fragile 28-year-old Snohomish County woman who was grabbed off the street.

"I learned that she was attacked and raped,” says Elizabeth, the young woman’s mother, as she recounted the phone call that came from Edmonds police on the evening of May 16.

Her daughter did not know her attacker. Why was she targeted?

"He took an easy target and he grabbed it," says Elizabeth. "She's just an easy prey. She's tiny. She’s small. She speaks slowly."

Jose Lopez Madrigal may have noticed that when he tried to strike up a conversation with Elizabeth's slightly disabled daughter outside a shopping center on Pacific Highway at 236th St. SW.

"And then she walked away and I guess he followed her," says Elizabeth. "He grabbed her, pulled her down, raped her. He must have hit her because she had a bruise on the side of her face."

Passer-by Larry Klein heard cries coming from the bushes and called 9-1-1.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn't commenting on Madrigal, a Mexican citizen.

Through confidential sources and documents, the KING 5 Investigators learned he has convictions for drugs, a firearm and a sex crime out of Colorado.

He's also been deported nine times since 1989, the date of his first arrest in the United States.

"It's just disgusting that he had such an extensive record and nobody caught it," says Elizabeth. She says her family is devastated but focused right now only on her daughter's well-being.

Since the KING 5 Investigators first reported on Madrigal's nine deportations, reverberations over what happened in Edmonds have been felt across the country. News commentators and bloggers have been asking if the federal government is doing enough to keep the most dangerous criminal immigrants out of the USA.

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