Man Arrested for Rape at the Red Roof Inn

A little before 2 a.m. on Saturday, Arcata Police responded to a report of a rape at the Red Roof Inn. A woman reported that she had been assaulted by a Riley Gordon Kiesel age 32 from Mendocino County.

“They were acquaintances,” explained Sgt. Keith Altizer of the APD. “It wasn’t strangers.” The man, he said, allegedly assaulted the woman in a motel room at approximately 1:30 a.m. At this time, Altizer would not divulge how the woman managed to get out of the room and contact law enforcement. He said the incident was under investigation.

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Series of mugshots of Kiesel–August 2009, January 2011, March 2012, and May 2012. [Created by the Anderson Valley Advertiser]

Kiesel was not allowed bail as he was on parole for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.

In a 2013 article by the Anderson Valley Advertiser, Kiesel was reported to have stabbed a man. According to the Anderson Valley Advertiser,  “Before the stabbing, Kiesel had a record of local arrests going back to 2004, which include charges of carrying concealed weapons, drunk in public and marijuana-related offenses.”

Then in February 2013, Kiesel was arrested on multiple charges after fleeing Arcata Police.

In early 2015, Kiesel fled as the Mendocino Sheriff’s Office attempted to serve a felony arrest warrant from Humboldt County. A manhunt ensued. Eventually, he was arrested without incident.

Apparently, he was released.

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44 comments

  • PRISON, PLEASE!

  • Apparently, he was released. WTF??? Why bother arresting him on warrants only to turn around & let him go again??? This makes NO sense whatsoever to me!!!

    • He was not released. The article states, “Kiesel was not allowed bail as he was on parole for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.”

      • Being on parole sort of says HE WAS RELEASED

        • Read the article again.

          The article clearly states he was released in 2015 after being arrested.
          Today’s incident cites “Kiesel was not allowed bail as he was on parole for Assault with a Deadly Weapon.”
          The above sentence means he’s still in custody.
          Hope that helps you comprehend the article.

        • sharpen your pencil

          Once again you are confused! It states he was denied bail as he was on probation for an assault with a deadly weapon…. [edit]

        • Lost Croat Outburst

          No, it does not. He was on parole when the current alleged offense took place. He was not allowed bail because he was on parole when the new offense allegedly occurred. Not a lawyer, but I think that if you allegedly Re-offend while on parole, then no bail since you are already confirmed as a screw-up. It’s not complicated.

  • What a puke. I have a 31 yr old son. I would just be heart broke as his mom. Or he just has shit parents to start.

    • I agree. If my son turned out like this I would be devastated. I would seriously question my parenting. Then again some people should never be parents but yet they are.

      • Oh please. I love you self-righteous types.
        Don’t judge the parents.
        People have free will.
        Plenty of people grew up with shit parents and turned out great and then on the other hand just flip the coin.

        • i have known this guy since we were 5, he was a good guy, truly, his brother died in front of him and he turned to drugs, then got over dosed at a music festival, with acid laced with meth, he went nuts, and became increasingly violent, his mother is an absolutely amazing, intelligent and kind woman, who did all she could, have a fucking heart and look into the facts before casting stones people!!!!

    • I know his mom. She is a *beautiful* woman with the most loving heart you could imagine. Riley has issues of his own that have nothing to do with his mom. So bug off in your assumptions!!!

  • Fortunately I believed my buddies when they told me not to stay at the Red Roof Inn. Holiday Inn Express: “yeah, baby”!

  • Henchman Of Justice

    This guy reads like a real dirtbag, but until all facts are substantiated and proven,

    All we know is that he was arrested for an alleged rape and not allowed bail because he was on parole.

    The headline should reflect “alleged rape”….meaning no charges have been filed yet……and no witnesses to the alleged rape is corroborating the statement of alleged victim.

    Apparently, since rape is an “unwanted forced sex act perpetrated upon the unwanting or impaired”, all that is needed to arrest on the allegation is evidence that 2 or more people were together at a point where the despicable act is believed to be plausible until proving innocense or guilt at a later date.

    This is one of those (give lots of leeway to the alleged victim) crimes that females can get away with using plots to deceive, manipulate for personal gains, benefit (retaliation, vendettas count too), etc… Rape is also an underreported crime, especially with the disabled, impaired and children.

    Years ago, as a graduated shit entering college years, HOJ was listening to KSRO radio on the road. Some lady divulged that she was retaliating against men by having sex with men to transfer the aids virus because a man gave it to her…….just about the time the laws recognized that her actions were “threats of deadly use of a weapon”……or something along those lines.

    Talk about an eye opener, wtf moment.

  • Henchman Of Justice

    This guy reads like a real dirtbag, but until all facts are substantiated and proven,

    All we know is that he was arrested for an alleged rape and not allowed bail because he was on parole.

    The headline should reflect “alleged rape”….meaning no charges have been filed yet……and no witnesses to the alleged rape is corroborating the statement of alleged victim.

    Apparently, since rape is an “unwanted forced sex act perpetrated upon the unwanting or impaired”, all that is needed to arrest on the allegation is evidence that 2 or more people were together at a point where the despicable act is believed to be plausible until proving innocense or guilt at a later date.

    This is one of those (give lots of leeway to the alleged victim) crimes that females can get away with using plots to deceive, manipulate for personal gains, benefit (retaliation, vendettas count too), etc… Rape is also an underreported crime, especially with the disabled, impaired and children.

    Years ago, as a graduated shit entering college years, HOJ was listening to KSRO radio on the road. Some lady divulged that she was retaliating against men by having sex with men to transfer the aids virus because a man gave it to her…….just about the time the laws recognized that her actions were “threats of deadly use of a weapon”……or something along those lines.

    Talk about an eye opener, wtf moment.

    • No he wasn’t arrested for an alleged rape. A rape was alleged and he was arrested for it. The title is accurate.

      • Henchman Of Justice

        Fact – He was arrested on an allegation no matter how it is sliced.

        Did the cops have the rape test kit, dna test kit, crime investigators, etc…. NOPE!

        So the arresting officers “for sure” verified a rape occured?

        An allegation is not verification.

        It is just overly dangerous to mediaize guilt prior to guilt being proven…..guess the least that could be done is when people accused of rape are not proven to have raped should be mediaized as a victim of a false allegation……ya, the guy reads as a dirtbag, but on a human level, it is a dangerous road to hoe that the more of a dirtbag someone is, the less they should be provided the same considerations of law that all of us are too be provided.

        Adding insult to injury (via false charges that rile up any community for prosecution) is a legal scenario not good for all of society.

        At this point, it is like playing poker…..the Headline can “bet on guilt” by printing “arrested for rape” or do the right thing(even for dirtbags) and print a headline of “arrested on allegation of rape” because the meat of the story only mentions allegation, and since he was on probation anyway, the guy could have farted up wind and been taken in.

        Just being cautious for precedents not in the best interest of a peaceful society that preaches facts and truth over cherrypicking hipocrisy.

        Can’t imagine a spun out meth chick going whackjob crazy and making up some bs…..

        Can’t imagine any sane person would stay in a motel with this guy…BUT, in all fairness, nothing in the story said she was not abducted…..

        So headline could include “possible abduction” if the headline is all about betting on guilt.

        Respectfully, a concerned citizen

        • “Henchmen” says enough. Male. Supports rapist. Decries “allegation” [edit]

          • Henchman Of Justice

            Really, a Fuck You to HOJ is your personally directed response?

            Oh Kym, edit time, fair is fair, right? Ah, but censorship is wrong….

            HOJ humbly accepts criticisms.

            • I’m sickened by your statements.
              Rape is Rape. No means NO!
              Doesn’t matter what social class a woman may be classified as by jerks.
              We need less men like you and more gentlemen in the world.

            • Henchman Of Justice

              This is why editing is faux:

              Original – veterans friend September 11, 2016 6:14 pm

              “Henchmen” says enough. Male. Supports rapist. Decries “allegation” [edit]

              (Edited was a fu☆k you)

              Henchy responded:

              Henchman Of Justice September 11, 2016 6:30 pm

              Really, a Fuck You to HOJ is your personally directed response?

              Oh Kym, edit time, fair is fair, right? Ah, but censorship is wrong….

              HOJ humbly accepts criticisms.

              Result oriented process = what was edited is still known, so what was accomplished?

              Kym,

              HOJ requests you reinstall the words edited, HOJ can handle the criticisms and does not believe in censorship…..

              And, HOJ appreciates the opportunity for others to unload on HOJ, give HOJ the finger, tell HOJ to fuck off, HOJ don’t mind, but it is interesting on the editing fairness doctrine unknown to all but one…..

        • Nope. Not doing it that way. The arrest is not alleged. He was arrested for rape. Yes, it is a rape that he is only alleged to have committed but he was in fact arrested for rape. I could have said, “Man Alleged to Have Raped Woman at Red Roof Inn.” Sometimes I do. But it is just as accurate to say, Man Arrested for Rape at the Red Roof Inn. He was at the Inn and he was arrested for rape.

          • Absolutely correct and well stated. “Alleged” a correct description of HIS status as the potential law-breaker, just as people are always referred to as “suspects” until they have been convicted in a court of law.

            Similarly, the word “suspect” is, unfortunately but understandably, used so often in the media and by law enforcement that many people outside those realms equate them such that “suspect = guilty person.” when in the real world, “suspect” and “alleged” offer a significant degree of protection against libel (or slander) accusations or lawsuits.

          • Lost Croat Outburst

            Kymster, if this is the same HOJ that was 86’d off LoCO, it just gets worse and worse. You can never win with that dude as he talks himself into a whirling Tasmanian devil dervish. This is just the start. Most of us understand that you are correct. You can describe the arrest several ways. We all know that one is innocent until proven guilty, but people get arrested for stuff and then we find out the truth.

          • Henchman Of Justice

            Never said the arrest was alleged.

            Did say the allegation of rape was alleged.

            The fine line between innocent until being proven guilty, but a headline that bets on guilt because the arrest label implies guilt…..kinda shoots holes into the swiss cheese fabricated ideal of “innocent until proven guilty”, and wow, when the presumption is automatic that the accused is guilty…..fear the mistakes in judgement made by unreasonable minded people who have not the sense of justice no more than the pilgrims burning witches at the stake for alleged witchcrafting…..sheesh

            ~ Kym Kemp “I could have said, “Man Alleged to Have Raped Woman at Red Roof Inn.” Sometimes I do. But it is just as accurate to say, Man Arrested for Rape at the Red Roof Inn. He was at the Inn and he was arrested for rape.”

            Response: please refer to the respectful request in the other comment.

            Your example is not “just as accurate to say either way” in a headline”. One example carries more weight over the other because the word allegation is missing. If you have done it the “alleged” way in the past, that implies you are open to do it again in the future…..let us both hope so for humanity’s sake.😇

          • Henchman Of Justice

            Thank You Kym for this headline you posted:

            EPD RELEASES MUGSHOT OF MAN SHOT WITH BEANBAG AFTER ALLEGEDLY THREATENING EPD OFFICER WITH A KNIFE
            September 12, 2016
            Kym Kemp
            One comment
            Jamael Lowery
            Jamael Lowery
            This is a press release from the Eureka Police Department. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

        • henchman,
          I expect we will be seeing you being arrested on similar charges if not today sometime in the future..
          as you DONT understand either justice, the law or consent…

          enjoy the local jail..
          witness digital
          ps I suspect you are either a friend or a relative of the lowlife arrested for rape(birds of a feather)..

        • Lost Croat Outburst

          He was arrested for rape and we will see if the charges stick or not. Get back on your meds, man, you are not sounding well.

        • Nice going HOJ. When in doubt blame female alleging the rape.

    • Henchman, you simply don’t understand the law.

      You say that “all that is needed to arrest on the allegation is evidence that 2 or more people were together at a point where the despicable act is believed to be plausible until proving innocense or guilt at a later date.”

      Wrong. Entirely, totally wrong.

      Got a California Penal Code handy?

      §836. (a) A peace officer may arrest a person in obedience to a warrant, or…

      “…(2) The person arrested has committed a felony, although not in the officer’s presence….”

      OR, now read this next one S-L-O-W-L-Y and carefully so even YOU might understand it:

      “(3) The officer has probable cause to believe that the person to be arrested has committed a felony, whether or not a felony, in fact, has been committed.”

      See that, “whether or not a felony, in fact, has been committed”? Without needing any overly significant, as-yet-proven evidence, an officer may legally make a felony arrest based on the evidence (often nothing more than statements) that is available to him at the scene at the time.

      That power in #3, by the way, is one of very few given to police officers that citizens who aren’t police officers don’t have. For other arrest scenarios, California allows any person to make an arrest for a crime committed in their presence.

      And separately, but equally misunderstood by you, the bail referred to in reports of arrest only applies to bail available or not at the time of booking.

      When an arrestee appears before the judge for arraignment within the 72 hours or less, the judge can, in most cases, do whatever he or she wants about bail: raise it, lower it, deny it entirely or drop it and let an arrestee go on their own recognizance pending trial. And the bail issue can always be revisited in the time between arraignment and trial as circumstances change.

      Geez.

      • Henchman Of Justice

        HOJ already mentioned #3 as 1 and 2 were not applicable to the meat of the story.

        Being arrested for “Rape”, or whatever with the very little known facts the story provides, can be a misrepresentation of the facts making for a false arrest potential.

        The guy reads as a dirtbag(undeniable), but it does not mean the allegation is true until we all know it has been proven as true.

        HOJ understands the law because HOJ has been subjected to false arrests, police brutality, defamation of character, libel, slander, misrepresentation, slam jobs by media and political wannabees and people who have yet to observe the facts. HOJ has done much research too, so just sayin…..

        As for actual rape, it is evil, as HOJ has always championed.

        On a philosophical level, when any one person or a group is willing to bet on guilt before guilt being proven, especially if it is easy and acceptible to jump on the bandwagon favoring guilt because the accused is already a dirtbag, is a sign of times where all of liberty, freedom is under attack.

        Does everyone agree? Nope, not yet?

        Does everyone agree anyone arrested on the allegation of rape should get the same media respect to a headline of “man arrested for Rape is innocent because the allegation was false”? (Of course, when it plays out that way).

        If he is guilty, the facts will prove it, if not, will the media print that up too?

        Conspiracy – mommy dearest is evil and sinister, arranges situation to involve minors, gets minors to lie and make up story to LEO.

        The accused is a single person, no one as a witness for benefit of the “set up for a fall” attempt upon victim. Scenario is a 3 versus 1 where the LEO now has the power and authority to arrest because eyewitnesses suppisedly exist, but liars are not eyewitnesses. Proving the arrest to be false because of the leeways given only happens after the false arrest. Verification of false arrest occurs when the DA does not file charges because the allegation does not align with facts….then mommy dearest reaped karma when her own insurance company had to break the news that evidence exists that proves mommy dearest lied in order to have a person falsely arrested under the guise that the allegation concocted was believeable……whats that saying, “ya just cant make that stuff up…..”.

        Now, scenario is 1 versus 1, where no witnesses exist and either person can make up a bullshit story.

        Can you imagine a woman getting upset, throwing a tantrum, verbally threatening the guy with her concocted threats as a way to control, as well as, save face for the prediciment or embarrassment of the situation, psychological punishment? It happens more often than noticed…..like the underreported rapes of minors, disabled, impaired.

        The silly thing is all you bloggers who charge HOJ as “pro rapist”, when all HOJ is cautioning as a concerned citizen is “Rape implies guilt”……”the guy aint even guilty yet”……it is a chronological order proposal for facts to prove guilt, not a headline betting on guilt.

        HOJ is being humane and reasonable……. HOJ has yet to cast blame, but raises “what if” thoughts.

        Kym, we agree to disagree, no worries, right?

        Would it be disrespectful to request that from this point going forward, you only use “alleged” and then update that with another story to confirm allegation as guilty or innocent?

        If simply being anywhere at any time is enough for a person to be set up for a fall in a conspiracy of an allegation by another for whatever, then it is prudent to commemorate the falsely accused with a headline that conveys not guilty or innocense because allegations were false?

        This is less information in this allegation, and a person is arrested…..

        Then, there is a situation with lots of information, but no arrest and two young females killed (aka were no less than manslaughtered/felony hit and run causing 2 deaths).

        Oh, and Mary, the quote you initially referenced wss already dedicated exclusively to just this one incident as the story lacked information and HOJ was correct yet again in explanation. Thanks for admitting that the long, enduring way, cheers!😆

  • Prison is the only place you want to have your back against a wall .

  • Time for him to clean up his act!!stabbing assult.needs jail time

  • Henchman is an obvious misogynist.

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      He’s messed up, man.

    • Henchman Of Justice

      No more obvious than you, apparently.

      HOJ suggests take all his comments, prepare a document to send off to the human rights commission of Humboldt County, California (for anyone who thinks they are in the midwest).

      Commission verdict : HOJ raises a valid concern, did no wrong in raising the concern, and that by virtue of raising a concern, that HOJ’s concern is not an actual belief that rape is anything other/else but evil or a legal age mandate.

      Mysoginist claims just show desperation to mute HOJ.

      Flip the gender roles in this situation, HOJ would respond accordingly no different in philosophy. Now, HOJ is a manhater as alleged….see how that works?

  • So scary.. I went on quite a few coffee dates with this guy… Praying for that girl.
    Personally im crazy and mean as hell.. I would of killed him if he did that to me..

  • I’ve known Riley for a long time, since elementary school. It saddens me that he was arrested on alleged rape charges, but it does not surprise me. It was also sad when he stabbed a good friend of mine and awesome local bartender. There was a time, long ago, that he was sweet, but at some point, something broke in that kid. It blew my mind when I ran into him at the grocery store a mere 6 months after stabbing my friend. Six months for attempted murder? Really? Riley has a history of violent crimes. He should be put somewhere where he can’t hurt anyone else, and where he can get the mental health help that he needs….. for a long time. Six months, a year, won’t cut it. He needs a slap across the face, not on the wrist.

    Peace!

  • I’ve known him since I was 15. This doesn’t surprise me. When I first met him I thought he was nice but he became stalkerish. I’m glad I caught the feeling that he was a creep. He’s been in and out of jail, stabbed a friend of mine and now this. How he keeps getting released is beyond my comprehension. He really needs to be put away for a very long time with no chance of getting out. He’s clearly not mentally well and is a danger to others. Insane! He’s going to keep getting worse if someone doesn’t stop him!

  • Somebdy asked me if this HOJ commenter was me because riley my half brother. For the record, hell no!!! I wouldnt touch this situation woth a 10 foot pole!

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