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Rape suspect jailed after standoff

A standoff with a Moses Lake man accused of raping a woman at knifepoint ended with his arrest late Wednesday after authorities pumped noxious gas into his hiding spot.

Mario Noyola Jr., 31, faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree incest, according to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

The case began Tuesday afternoon when deputies found a 33-year-old woman dressed in a T-shirt and bath towel standing at the intersection of Travis and Halsey in Moses Lake.

The woman said she’d been raped at knifepoint in her home. The victim “initially allowed him into her house when he told her he had been locked out of his house and needed somewhere to stay,” the Sheriff’s Office reported.

The U.S. marshals office in Spokane helped Grant County detectives locate Noyola in the 1400 block of West Craig Street in Moses Lake, where he was arrested about 11 p.m. after an hours-long standoff, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

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