Additional charges filed against accused serial rapist

Suspect in home-invasion attacks faces 9 more felony counts
2013-09-04T15:14:00Z 2014-04-02T12:33:15Z Additional charges filed against accused serial rapistBy GREG TUTTLE The Billings Gazette

Yellowstone County prosecutors on Wednesday filed nine more felony charges against a 41-year-old man accused of committing a string of home-invasion rapes and robberies.

Tobey Eugene Griego was charged with six counts of sexual intercourse without consent and one count each of robbery, aggravated kidnapping and assault with a weapon for an incident Jan. 27 at a residence on the 500 block of Broadwater Avenue.

Griego was charged last week with 26 felonies and three misdemeanors for two similar crimes in Billings that occurred on May 27 and July 2.

Griego remains the main suspect in three other attempted rapes that occurred between January and May in Billings, but he has not been charged with those crimes.

Griego is being held in the Yellowstone County jail on $1 million bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in District Court.

The Billings Police Department and the Yellowstone County Attorney’s Office announced Griego’s arrest on Aug. 26, saying a tip that a suspicious man had been following women at a West End store broke open the case that had struck fear across the city for months.

Once Griego was identified, police learned that he was a registered sex offender for a 1997 rape of a 16-year-old girl in New Mexico. He had been living in Billings since 2008.

Surveillance of Griego in the following weeks led police to identify him as a lead suspect in the case. He was arrested Aug. 23 at his residence on South 30th Street.

In court records, prosecutors said images found on Griego’s cellphone connected him to the rape and robbery of two women at their homes; those incidents were on May 27 and July 2. He was charged with those crimes during his initial court appearance last week.

Further investigation led to the additional charges filed Wednesday for the Jan. 27 crime.

In all three cases, the victims were young women, with blond or light-colored hair, who awoke to an intruder in their bedrooms, court records state. All three were bound, gagged, and repeatedly raped with foreign objects.

“In multiple cases, the perpetrator made comments about the victims’ personal lives during the attack that suggest he had been stalking the victims for an extended period of time,” court records state.

In the May and July rapes, the women were also forced to a bank machine to withdraw money. One woman was forced into an irrigation canal.

The victim of the Jan. 27 rape, a 21-year-old woman, told police she woke up to a man covering her mouth as he held a sharp object to her throat, court records state.

The man told her not to scream, hit her in the head and demanded to know where her jewelry and purse were located.

He also asked the woman where she kept her “money bag.” The woman said she kept tips from her job in a money bag.

The woman was sexually assaulted with foreign objects over a period of time, court records state, then was forced to take a bath.

The woman said she was then raped again and forced to take a second bath.

Griego now faces 35 felony charges and three misdemeanors. The felony charges include rape, robbery, aggravated kidnapping, intimidation, aggravated assault, assault with a weapon, surreptitious visual observation or recording, and drug possession.

The drug charges allege police found numerous prescription medications at Griego’s residence when he was arrested.

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