Bend Police Make Arrest in Rape Cases from Early 2000s

Bend Police on Thursday arrested a La Pine man accused of raping a girl five times in the early 2000s.

Lt. Juli McConkey said 47-year-old Rusty Allen Pugh was arrested during a traffic stop at Empire Avenue and the Northbound Parkway about 9:45 a.m.

McConkey said the victim is a Deschutes County resident and is now 23 years old.

Pugh’s arrest follows a two-month investigation in which Bend Police detectives developed several possible additional victims. McConkey did not release any further information.

The Bend Police Department would like anyone with information regarding any contact with Rusty Pugh to please contact non-emergency dispatch at 541-693-6911.

Pugh was arrested and taken to the Deschutes County Jail. He was charged with five counts of first-degree rape.

Images courtesy Bend Police Dept. and the Deschutes County Jail



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