Rape Suspect, Freed Due to Virus, Kills Accuser – Police

A rape suspect released from jail earlier this year due to the coronavirus pandemic allegedly killed his accuser last month, according to police in Virginia.

The Washington Post reports that Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, 33, was tracked down by authorities on Wednesday.

He was accused of rape by Karla Dominguez in October 2019 and she testified about the crime later in December.

On July 29, Bouaichi went to the victim’s home and killed her outside her apartment, police said. The woman was a native of Venezuela and did not have family in the United States, according to The Associated Press.

Bouaichi was indicted last year on charges that included rape, strangulation and abduction. He was jailed without bond in Alexandria.

The woman testified against him in Alexandria District Court in December.

When the pandemic hit, Bouaichi’s lawyers argued that he should be freed awaiting trial because the virus endangered both inmates and their attorneys. He was released on $25,000 bond over the objections of a prosecutor.

Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins released Bouaichi on the condition that he only leave his Maryland home to meet with his lawyers or pretrial services officials.

The 33-year-old remained missing until Wednesday August 5, when federal marshals and Alexandria police spotted him and engaged in a vehicle pursuit resulting in a car crash in Prince George’s County.

As police went to arrest Bouaichi they realized he had shot himself. He was then taken to the hospital for treatment.

Bouaichi’s attorneys, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato said in a statement that they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered here.”

 

The lawyers said they “were looking forward to trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case.”

 

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