Albuquerque man arrested for allegedly raping girlfriend’s friend

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – An Albuquerque man has been arrested for raping a friend of his now-former girlfriend.

According to a police report, James Edward Rivera was partying with his friend, girlfriend and another woman at the Embassy Suites earlier this month.

Sometime during the night, police say Rivera raped his girlfriend’s friend while she was intoxicated and sleeping.

Rivera then told his girlfriend he “couldn’t control himself.”

It took police several days to find Rivera and arrest him after the incident.

He is now being locked up a no-bond hold. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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