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2/19/2013 9:50:00 PM
Man arrested on charges of sexual assault after shared cab ride
Soumokil
Soumokil

(Editor's Note: In June 2014, a jury found Michael Anthony Soumokil not guilty of the charges against him. Click to see related January 23, 2015 story.)

Prescott police arrested a 25-year-old man after a woman told them she had shared a cab with the suspect, only to wake up the next morning outdoors and without her pants or boots.

Michael Anthony Soumokil left a downtown bar early Sunday morning with a 23-year-old woman who was friends with an acquaintance of Soumokil's, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said. "The suspect and the victim shared a cab, but the victim did not remember much after the cab ride," Morley said. "The woman woke up in the front yard of an abandoned house on North Granite Street and her pants and boots were missing."

The woman had a large bump on the back of her head and a swollen left cheek. She was taken to Yavapai Regional Medical Center and then to the Yavapai Family Advocacy Center. Evidence indicated she had been sexually assaulted.



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Many of these comments Disgust me

She got into a cab with someone her friend seemed to know. She thought she was safe. I also bet that the police did talk to the cab driver, it's investigation 101.
Rape doesn't have to happen in an alley with an assailant you don't know. Most are commited by people who know the victim. Many victims are drugged and don't remember after.
I bet if she was the daughter of someone you knew you would have a different opinion, but as a nameless victim she's the target?


Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Educate This

"Police can't just go arresting people just because they feel like it."

But they can just not go arresting people just because they feel like it?

That is, if the potential arrestee's are IB members...


Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: That it what this comment section is for...

For those of you that are so upset about the comments here, I suggest you push the little button on your computer that looks like the power button.

Everybody that submits comments at this publication has a right to their opinion as well as you. That is why the Daily Courier has this section.

I generally treat these comments as pure entertainment and get some pretty decent chuckles from some of the folks that get their "undies in a bundle" over somebody elses opinions. Sorry if not everything you see or read has a "warm & fuzzy" feeling. And really, you nay-sayers don't know details about this story either.

Again, if this is too much to handle, just remember two words: POWER BUTTON.


Posted: Sunday, February 24, 2013
Article comment by: Get Educated Before You Speak

The fact that so many people are jumping to conclusions about this guy and this girl is completely baffling to me! First of all the general public does not know the specifics of this case. Obviously there was enough probable cause to arrest this guy. Police can't just go arresting people just because they feel like it. There has to be enough probable cause in order to do so (take a basic criminal justice class, Yavapai is a good start). Secondly the victim SHOULD NOT be blamed. You people can't sit back and say you've never done something irresponsible! Ok so she had a few too many drinks, so what?! Regardless, no one deserves to be abused or raped or harmed in any form. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK! I surely hope she is doing ok. Regardless if this man hurt her or not I'm sure she is hurting mentally, physically and emotionally. She should be given help not ridicule!

Posted: Friday, February 22, 2013
Article comment by: so Sad ...

They may have shared a cab but were they dropped off together? Did the CAB DRIVER get questioned? Did the cab driver get arrested?
A lot of unanswered questions and I feel its unfair for both parties involved....
All people need to be responsible when they go out....seems like a lot of drunken mistakes lately ...from stabbings downtown, to police turning into gang members, to rapes cases

Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry


"Richard Cabeza" says

"The credibility of someone who wakes up in the yard of an abandoned house is minimal at best. These circumstances indicate that she could have been involved in any number of activities with any number of people. Strange things happen while blacked out."

Are you speaking from experience?

I think you have less credibility than she does. Obviously the cab didn't drop her off there, and the police know more than you do to make the charge.


Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Ramirez

... I am quite disgusted how all this is going down and is really stretching my faith in the justice system seeing how he is being treated by the county attorney.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Richard Cabeza

When nobody knows what happened then what was this guy arrested for? You can't just assume roofies or anything of that nature was a factor.

The credibility of someone who wakes up in the yard of an abandoned house is minimal at best. These circumstances indicate that she could have been involved in any number of activities with any number of people. Strange things happen while blacked out.


Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Stop Victim Blaming

@ Martin Black

Stop Victim Blaming. No person, male or female, should be blamed for something that another person intentionally did to them. The suspect may not have done anything, and an investigation with a rape kit is necessary to properly look into this case (as long as the PPD and YRMC actually do that...). No matter what though, blaming the victim is only perpetuating an archaic idea that men cannot control themselves and therefore women must take precautions. We are living in 2013, not the Victorian era. The only person to blame here is the perpetrator if he is found guilty.


Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Donna C

WOW....this comments sicken me as much as the story. Maybe you are all right and maybe you are all wrong....maybe he is some sick freak and drugged her. Regardless, it is a sad situation that none of us know the details on. Your judgments on this girl is sickening. I guess if you drank too much, it is ok if your "partner" left you half naked outside somewhere. Classy people....classy!

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Really ???

Nobody, not even one person, thinks she was probably attacked?

The fresh air comment is my personal favorite. I'm sure that was it. Clearly a case of breathing followed inevitably by sexual self-assault, beating herself in the back of the head, stealing her own clothes, and getting a cabbie to drop her off at some abandoned house.

Way to go Matlock.. Air. LOL.


Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Give'm Hell Harry

Did you people read the same article that I did? Did you know her and the circumstances reported here?

"The woman woke up in the front yard of an abandoned house on North Granite Street and her pants and boots were missing."

"The woman had a large bump on the back of her head and a swollen left cheek."

I must have missed the part where it said "she was drunk and blacked out" because it didn't. And just how did the injuries happen? And the guy was such a gentleman after having sex with her she was left on the ground unconscious without shoes or pants. And that's OK? In freezing temperatures besides? Is that your way of conducting yourself? He deserves whatever comes his way.

You blamed the victim based on your lack of reading ability and comprehension? And then make the victim the villain in this because you have zero compassion for her, and more for him?

Prescott sure has some sick people with no heart, let alone brains! God, help you!


Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: dog on

Wow brutal... the first four comments that is. So you will automatically defend this guy that the police thought they had enough reason to arrest, instead of realizing this short post doesn't contain all the information for you to do so? Aren't you doing exactly what you claim is happening to this man? IF he is a rapist I hope he spends many painful years in prison.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: well maybe somebody should

TALK TO THE CAB DRIVER!!!! an see the drivers observation of the 2 of them..... and if there is any reason to think that it was consensual... making out in the cab? getting out at same destination together?? Come on guys- do your job!!!

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Dismayed and Disgusted

Wow, I am completely disgusted by people's reactions here. Thre aer many date rape drugs that would cause someone to black out and have no memory. And even if she did have too much to drink, that makes rape ok? You people should be ashamed to jump to conclusions and blame a victim, without knowing the facts. If this woman was your sister, mother, or daughter, you'd probably be a little more sympathetic.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Don't ya Hate it

When that happens?

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Dear: Martin

Did you comment before you read the last line of the story, or did you just not read it at all?

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Martin black

This is a very bad scenario...sounds like this woman needs to stop drinking...if she doesn't "remember" how could it be sexual assault. I think our police are taking this way too far...this man could loose everything and be a sex offender for life because this lady had a blackout. A sexual assault is when somebody says no and is assaulted there's no evidence of that...millions of americans each year drink too much and go home and have sex and regret it later but that in no way should be considered rape. This is CRAZY! Absolutely crazy in her state she could of fell and hurt herself...there's no evidence of anything but sex...this is VERY wrong and our police need to be brought up about bringing charges like this ...this man is going to go broke trying to defend himself and even if he's found innocent his life will never be the same and all because a drunk can't remember??? Is this our MC Gang police force at their best?

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Lorie West

So she doesn't know what happened or if she even consented and this guy is arrested? With this police department they better start following every drunk woman out of the bars until the next morning and arrest whomever they chose to go home with. THIS IS PATHETIC...

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: what's up

What's up with this scene? The woman wakes up without her pants and has no idea what she did and automatically this guy is guilty and thrown in jail. He might as well just take a plea bargain now and get it over with because in this county he is guilty until proven innocent. Maybe he'll get lucky and only do 10 years in prison even though he is probably innocent.

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Article comment by: Just Sayin'

After having a few drinks, even as few as 2, a person may discover that fresh, cold air makes it go right to the brain...Then the next morning, one wakes up and finds they don't remember the ride home...Really, it doesn't take much. What happens on that ride home can be a mystery. Sounds like she had a blackout. If she doesn't want a repeat, it would be best to cut wayyyyy back on the alcohol.



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