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Restaurant owner and cook charged with raping woman at Kirkland's Amici

The owner and one of the cooks of the Kirkland restaurant Amici have been charged with raping a woman at the business on Aug. 7. The business is located at 7 Lake Shore Plaza.  - Matt Phelps/Kirkland Reporter
The owner and one of the cooks of the Kirkland restaurant Amici have been charged with raping a woman at the business on Aug. 7. The business is located at 7 Lake Shore Plaza.
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The owner and one of the cooks of the Kirkland restaurant Amici have been charged with raping a woman at the business, located at 7 Lake Shore Plaza, the morning of Aug. 7.

Roland Kopp and Christopher Michael Smith, both of Kirkland, were arrested on Wednesday and are currently in jail pending bail of $250,000 for each.

According to charging documents, the victim was dropped off at Amici's around 2 a.m. Aug. 7. The woman, in her late 20s, later told police she felt "tipsy," but not overly drunk at the time, and was also taking prescription medication.

At the Italian restaurant, the victim met with four individuals who were all restaurant employees, including Kopp and Smith. The other two employees left the scene almost immediately.

Smith, 24, and Kopp, 33, invited the woman into the restaurant where they locked the door behind them, the charges continue.

As the woman sat down to call for a ride and drink some water, Kopp allegedly pushed himself up against her from behind and told her to take off her clothes, said court documents.

The woman said no and told Kopp she was going to leave. Kopp responded "No, we're going to get this worked out like we said we were going to get this worked out," according to the charges.

Kopp allegedly proceeded to forcefully remove the woman's clothes as she attempted to stop him. Kopp told the woman "do as your told," in an "aggressive" and "pushy" tone, the charges continue.

Kopp allegedly raped the woman on the bar and floor despite her pleas to stop. When Kopp was done he "passed (the woman) off to Smith who had been present throughout," according to court records.

Kopp and Smith had a verbal exchange that the woman said was similar to Russian, before Kopp left the premises. Smith took the woman to a back room where he allegedly forced her to perform oral sex, the woman said.

The woman also told police that by this time it was "made clear that there was no leaving," and that Smith told her to be a "good girl." Smith allegedly proceeded to rape the woman "during the next few hours" at various places in the restaurant, according to court documents.

The woman felt as if she needed to ask for permission to get dressed and leave, she told police. Once the woman felt she was out of Smith's range, she called police.

The woman was transported to Evergreen Hospital for a sexual assault examination.

When Kirkland Police obtained a search warrant following the incident, the restaurant was exactly how the woman had described, including a back employee-only area, police said.

Police found the woman's earrings on the floor of the back room along with blood marks on the ground. The woman's high-heels were also recovered at the scene with dried bodily fluid on them.

Kopp was also found to have a stain on his shirt, consistent with semen, when police questioned him later that morning that police say he was attempting to hide, according to probable cause documents.

In an investigational report, Kopp told police that Smith would often stay overnight in the restaurant when he was too intoxicated to drive home and that he left Smith and the victim at the business at about 2 a.m. when he went home and went straight to bed.

Both men denied having any sexual contact with the woman.

One of the restaurant employees told police that Kopp admitted to "making out" with the woman, court documents said.

DNA results taken from the woman were found to be "13 trillion times more likely that the observed DNA profile occurred as a result of a mixture of Smith and Kopp than it having originated from Smith and an unrelated individual selected at random from the US population."

Arraignment for the defendants is set for Nov. 29 at King County Superior Court.

Amici opened in June and is currently still open for business.

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