Bulletin Staff Report

A La Pine man was arrested Thursday in connection with several rapes that occurred nearly 20 years ago.

Around 9:45 a.m., Bend police officers pulled over Rusty Allen Pugh at Empire Avenue and U.S. Highway 97 during a traffic stop, according to Bend Police Lt. Juli McConkey. The 47-year-old Pugh was identified as a suspect in a two-month investigation into several rapes from the early 2000s, McConkey said in a press release. He is charged with five counts of first-degree rape.

Throughout the investigation, Bend detectives believe there are possibly several other victims. The Bend Police Department would like anyone with information about Pugh to please contact the department at 541-693-6911.