Man suspected of rape turns himself in to police |

Man suspected of rape turns himself in to police

A Roseville man charged with a June rape will be arraigned for trial at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 29 in Nevada County Superior Court, officials said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a Nevada City man accused of participating in the rape has turned himself in to Grass Valley police.

Russell Depew, a 47-year-old transient who had an outstanding warrant, turned himself in recently at the downtown police station, Capt. Ron Smith of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office said.

Depew and the 42-year-old victim were acquaintances, Assistant District Attorney Anna Ferguson said. He and Don Biles, 56, of Roseville, went to the victim’s Nevada City home on the afternoon of June 18 and sexually assaulted her, Ferguson alleged.

The victim reported the incident several days later to the Nevada City Police Department, Ferguson said.

Biles, who was arrested Aug. 28, has been charged with rape, sexual battery, assault with intent to rape and rape in concert, Ferguson said.

Depew is facing identical charges, she added. Superior Court Judge Candace Heidelberger signed Depew’s arrest warrant Aug. 15, and he turned himself in on Sunday, Smith said.

He remains in the Nevada County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Depew has been in jail 18 times since 1993, according to Peggy Cole, officer at the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility. He had been booked on various charges including grand theft, battery and possession of a controlled substance, jail records show.

Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips is the prosecutor for the case.

To contact Staff Writer Soumitro Sen, e-mail or call 477-4229.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around Grass Valley and Nevada County make The Union’s work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User