FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas — Ashley Ortega survived an ordeal that haunts her.
“He raped me different ways,” said the 28-year-old as she wiped away tears in her living room. “I couldn’t get out because the child proof locks were on. He wouldn’t say anything to me. He would keep hitting me and hitting me.”
She said she’s traumatized and forever changed because of the brutal assault that took place at Cullinan Park early Monday morning. She claimed her ex-boyfriend forced her there, raped her and intended to kill her.
“He told me, he said no. I’m going to kill you. You’re not leaving here.”
She said the assault continued for three long hours. Then, a park ranger showed up. Ortega rolled down her window and opened the door.
“And I jump out and I hopped to the ranger. And I tell the ranger we have to leave. He’ll kill both of us.”
That’s when her ex-boyfriend turned his rage on the park ranger.
“He started hitting and punching him,” said Ortega.
Ortega fled from the park. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Migueal Valasquez and charged him with aggravated assault of a public official and sexual assault. A family advocate says the charges should be strengthened.
“The charges should be absolutely upgraded to aggravated rape,” said Quanell X. “He should be charged with attempted murder not just for what he did with her, but he should also be charged for what he did to the park ranger.”
The park ranger has been identified as Conrad Wilturner. He’s in serious condition at the hospital and could face a series of reconstructive surgeries.
Ortega believes he’s a hero.
“He risked his life for me. I have my life because of him. My children have their mother because of him.”
Valasquez remains at the Fort Bend County Jail on a $750,000 bond.