New York truck driver charged with rape

Suspect held on $1.5 million bond

TROUTDALE - A New York truck driver who allegedly raped his girlfriend at knifepoint at a truck stop is being held on a $1.56 million bond.

The victim, 23, also of New York, fled from the truck of Mardin Altinay, 34, around 10:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, at the TravelCenters of America and sought help from other drivers, said Sgt. Marc Shrake of the Troutdale Police Department. The bystanders helped the victim, who was accompanying the suspect on a trip, into the business and called 9-1-1.

Officers waited by truck of the suspect, who was apparently out looking for the victim. Altinay was arrested without incident after he returned to his vehicle and tried to drive away.

Altinay, who was being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center, faces four counts of sodomy, one count each of rape and kidnapping, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon and domestic violence-related charges of coercion, assault, harassment and menacing.

The victim was taken to Oregon Health and Science University.

The long strip of businesses where the crimes allegedly happened is on Northwest Frontage Road off Interstate 84. The area caters to, and is often packed with, long-haul truck drivers.

Court dates had yet to be established.