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22-year-old man charged with rape in Franklin County

Sammy Hamadeh and Jorge Pena

MONETA – Two men were arrested after an alleged sexual assault at Smith Mountain Lake Community Park.

On Tuesday, deputies responded to the community park in Moneta and found a woman who told authorities that she had been raped.

She advised deputies that the assailant fled into a wooded area near the beach.

Authorities later discovered that two women and three men were at the park drinking when two of the men sexually assaulted the victim. 

Sammy Ahmed Hamadeh, 22, of Roanoke has been charged with rape.

Jorge Luis Pena, 26, of Roanoke is charged with accessory before the fact of a felony.

Both were arrested and are currently being held without bond.

Pena is being held in Franklin County Jail and Hamadeh is being held in Western Virginia Regional Jail.

The sheriff’s office says this is an isolated incident and there is no concern for the public’s safety.

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