Seems like a WTF story out of Cowlitz County WA- Rape Victim Arrested to Help Prove She Was Raped, Kidnapped "he 43-year-old woman the victim and prime witness in the case has not been charged with any crime. She just wasn't showing up for pre-trial meetings with prosecutors, despite promising to do so several times. So earlier this month they obtained a judge's order for a material witness warrant. It's a little-used procedure under state law that allows police to arrest a witness of a crime to ensure they show up for court. Chief Criminal Deputy James Smith said such warrants are rare and requested only "as a last resort.""