The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office released information today stating that two men were arrested in connection to a report of a sexual assault on Tuesday at the Smith Mountain Lake Community Park located at 1480 Park Way Avenue, Moneta.
Sammy Ahmed Hamden, 22, of Roanoke was charged with rape and Jorge Luis Pena, 26, of Roanoke was charged with accessory before the fact of a felony.
Deputies responded to the incident and located a female who reported that she had been raped.
She advised that the assailant had fled into a wooded area near the beach. Additional agencies, including the Virginia Conservation Police and Virginia State Police, responded to the scene and assisted with the search of the suspect.
A sergeant with the Virginia Conservation Police was able locate the male suspect following a brief search of the wooded area. Additional investigation by the Sheriff’s Office revealed that two females and three males had arrived at the park together. The subjects involved were all consuming alcohol.
At some point, two of the males sexually assaulted one of the females.
Both males were arrested and are currently being held without bond. Pena is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail, and Hamadeh is currently being held in the Western Virginia Regional Jail.
The Sheriff’s Office is confident that this is an isolated incident and there is no need for concern for the public’s safety.