- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A Billings man in custody in other crimes has been accused of grabbing an autistic woman from a street last fall, raping her at a construction site and stealing her therapy dog.

Joseph Raymond Weinreber, 29, was charged Monday with felony sexual intercourse without consent after his DNA matched a sample from the woman’s rape kit, prosecutors said. He did not enter a plea.

Justice of the Peace David Carter set bail at $100,000 for the rape charge.

Weinreber, who faces more than a dozen other felony charges in two separate cases, has been jailed since December. His bail now totals $225,000.

Weinreber’s case was referred to the public defender’s office but has not been assigned to an attorney, said David Duke, regional deputy public defender.

Charging documents say the woman reported she was walking her dog in October 2014 when a man forced her into his car by threatening to kill her and the dog.

She said they drove to a construction site where she was attacked in a portable toilet before being left at a store.

Weinreber had met the woman earlier in the day when he gave her friend a ride.

The dog has not been returned, and Weinreber was charged with misdemeanor theft.

Because he had a previous felony conviction, Weinreber was required to submit his DNA to a state database. A DNA match from the woman’s rape kit to a profile in the database led to the latest charges, prosecutors said.

Weinreber also faces a dozen charges related to a December high-speed chase in which a stolen pickup truck struck a vehicle carrying a 23-year-old woman and her 4-year-old son.

Court records said Weinreber had methamphetamine and appeared to be under the influence of drugs when he was arrested after the pileup. Officers had to use a stun gun to subdue him.

Weinreber also faces charges from an April 2014 traffic stop.

The other charges against Weinreber include nine counts of felony criminal endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon, drug distribution, possession of marijuana, several theft charges, two counts of felony robbery and resisting arrest.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the other charges.


This story has been corrected to show the reported rape happened in October 2014.



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