King faces multiple sex counts

By Jane Stebbins, Pilot staff writer July 01, 2014 08:59 pm

A grand jury has indicted Lorenzo Ignacio King, 42, of Washington, on 13 counts including sexual assault, strangulation and menacing in connection with an incident that included a police standoff in Brookings on June 20. 

King was arrested after authorities forced their way into a home in which he had barricaded himself for 12 hours and threatened to kill anyone who entered.

A grand jury decides if there is enough information to officially charge an alleged criminal with a crime; the accused is then arraigned in court on the formal charges.

The counts include three of first-degree sodomy, two of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration and sexual abuse; felon in possession of a firearm, fourth-degree assault, strangulation; and three counts of menacing.

King allegedly met the woman, identified only as J.G. in the indictment, in a local bar and took her to a home on Heather Lane he was watching for friends. At some point during their time there, he allegedly assaulted her. She showed up at a hospital to report the alleged assault.

When law enforcement arrived at the house to question King, they found he’d holed up in the house and refused to surrender. In the next 12 hours, he kept at bay Brookings Police officers, Curry County Sheriff’s deputies, members of the state SWAT team and a robot that was sent as an intermediator for communications.

Eventually, after evacuating the nearby neighbors, law enforcement descended upon the home and, using smoke bombs and a Taser, subdued and arrested King.

The man had allegedly taken a sharp object to himself and was treated first at Curry General Hospital.

In the indictment, the state alleges that during the commission of all the offenses, King used the threat of, or actual, violence, toward a witness or victim, and showed no remorse for his alleged actions.

One count alleges that King was convicted in a 2003 felony burglary in Anchorage, Alaska, and was prohibited from having a weapon in the future. He held everyone at bay in Brookings with a rifle, the indictment alleges.

The three menacing charges address not only the alleged victim, but Sheriff’s Det. Dave Gardiner and Dep. Matt Carballo who were “in fear of imminent serious physical injury.”

His next court date is August 18.