Police in Alexandria say a rape suspect released from prison in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic killed the woman who had accused him. The Washington Post reports that Ibrahim E. Bouaichi was tracked by authorities on Wednesday. But he shot himself and he was serious on Thursday. Bouaichi was charged last year with charges that included rape, strangulation and kidnapping.
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He was imprisoned without bail in Alexandria. The woman testified against him in the Alexandria District Court in December.
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When the pandemic occurred, Bouaichi’s lawyers argued that he should be released pending trial because the virus endangered both inmates and their lawyers. He was released on a $25,000 bail for a prosecutor’s objections. Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins released Bouaichi on the condition that he only leave his Maryland home to meet with his pretrial lawyers or service officials. Alexandria police say Bouaichi, 33, shot dead the woman in late July. Authorities said federal marshals and Alexandria police detected and pursued Bouaichi in Prince George’s County on Wednesday.
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He crashed his vehicle and apparently shot himself, authorities said. Judge Dawkins retired in June. He did not respond to The Washington Post’s request for comment. Judges are often prohibited from commenting on pending cases. Lawyers for Bouaichi, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, said in a statement that they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy that both families have suffered here.” The lawyers said they “looked forward to the trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date for several months and we didn’t have the opportunity to present our case.”
Police said the woman was originally from Venezuela and had no family in Venezuela. The Washington Post reported that there was very little information available about it. The Associated Press does not identify people who may have been sexually assaulted. You may be interested: Another 8,500 cases and 182 deaths add to the COVID-19 account in FloridaRescatan three men stranded on a remote island because they wrote SOS in the sandMore than 20.7 million Venezuelans will be able to vote in December legislatures