Medford man arrested on charges related to reported rape of teen

Edgar Leonel Perez-Izara

Jackson County sheriff's detectives arrested a Medford man on suspicion of stalking and raping a 14-year-old Phoenix girl last month.

Edgar Leonel Perez-Izara, 42, was arrested Monday at his home in the first block of Cottage Street, Medford. He remains in jail today without bail on charges of first- and third-degree rape, first-degree sexual assault, first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and coercion. He is also suspected of being in the country illegally, officials said.

Investigators reported that Perez-Izara went to the girl's residence near Phoenix three weeks ago and found her home alone. After making threats to harm her, Perez-Izara sexually assaulted her, a sheriff's department news release said.

Investigators said they have evidence that Perez-Izara stalked the girl, whom he knew through family and church contacts, outside her home on several occasions prior to the day of the assault.

Anyone with information about this case can contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at 541-774-8333 or by email to CID@jacksoncounty.org.


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