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Rape Suspect Freed From Jail Over Coronavirus Allegedly Murders Accuser

by : Emma Rosemurgey on : 08 Aug 2020 15:03
Alexandria Police Department/Yumeira Gonzalez/GoFundMe

A man who was suspected of rape is believed to have killed his accuser, after he was released from jail over coronavirus concerns.

Ibrahim E Bouaichi had been charged with the rape, strangulation and abduction of Karla Dominguez, from Venezuela, after she told authorities in Alexandria, Virginia, he sexually assaulted her in October 2019. The 33-year-old handed himself into police 11 days later, and a judge ordered for him to be held without bond.

However, on April 9 he was released on a $25,000 bond, despite strong objections from an Alexandria prosecutor and six previous felonies under his belt. His release came after his legal team argued that Bouaichi couldn’t maintain social distancing while in jail awaiting his trial.

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Just one month later, he was arrested on May 8, accused of ramming a K-9 officer’s vehicle in Greenbelt. Bouaichi was charged with first-degree assault, harming a law enforcement dog and other offences, before being released again on May 11, the Washington Post reports.

Local authorities claimed they were not notified about Bouiachi’s other charges, as they would have tried to revoke his bond if they had been aware. Even after authorities were made aware of his circumstances, the suspected rapist remained free.

On July 29, Bouiachi is said to have returned to Dominguez’s apartment block, where he allegedly shot her dead, according to police.

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The 33-year-old had been in hiding until Wednesday, August 5, when he was spotted by Alexandria Police while in his car. He was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and is said to be in a critical condition in hospital.

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In a statement, Bouaichi’s lawyers said they were ‘saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered,’ adding that they had been eagerly awaiting the trial against their client.

They said:

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Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months, and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help raise money for Dominguez’s funeral, with more than $9,000 having been raised at the time of writing.

‘All of her family lives in Venezuela, I was able to make her part of my family. She was someone very important to me, my family and the people around her. Any help for her memorial would be greatly appreciated,’ a friend wrote.

Rest in peace, Karla Dominguez.

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If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas.

Emma Rosemurgey

Emma Rosemurgey is an NCTJ trained Journalist who started her career by producing The Royal Rosemurgey newspaper in 2004, which kept her family up to date with the goings on of her sleepy north east village. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and started her career in regional newspapers before joining Tyla (formerly Pretty 52) in 2017, and progressing onto UNILAD in 2019.

Topics: News, Alexandria County, Ibrahim E Bouaichi, Karla Dominguez, Virginia

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The Washington Post
  1. The Washington Post

    Rape suspect freed from jail amid COVID-19 allegedly kills accuser