Ibrahim Bouaichi Alexandria Virginia rape suspect freed from jail over COVID-19 concerns, kills accuser, Karla Dominguez Venezuela woman.
A Virginia rape suspect released from jail over coronavirus concerns is alleged to have shot dead his accuser, according to reports. The man who had been on the run is now in critical condition following a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Ibrahim Elkahlil Bouaichi, 33, of Greenbelt, Md., had been indicted on charges of rape, strangulation and abduction after Karla Elizabeth Dominguez Gonzalez, a native of Venezuela, told cops in Alexandria, Va., that he sexually assaulted her in October, the Washington Post said.
Bouaichi turned himself in 11 days later, with a judge ordered him held without bond. Despite objections by an Alexandria prosecutor, lawyers for the man, who was charged with six felonies, successfully argued on April 9 that he be released on $25,000 bond — with a condition that he only leave his Maryland residence to meet with lawyers or pretrial services officials.
In their motion requesting bond, Bouaichi’s lawyers had argued that it was ‘impossible’ to provide their client with adequate social distancing and other safety measures amid COVID-19 while behind bars, according to the report.
Less than a month after Bouaichi’s release from the Alexandria jail, he was arrested May 8 for allegedly ramming a K-9 officer’s vehicle in Greenbelt, where he lives with his parents.
A death that could have been avoided
He was charged with first-degree assault, harming a law enforcement dog and other counts and released May 11, Maryland court records show.
Alexandria Commonwealth’s Attorney Bryan Porter told the Washington Post that at the time, local authorities there were not notified of the charges Bouiachi faced in Prince George’s County. They would have tried to revoke bond for him if they had been, Porter said.
Instead Bouaichi remained free, only for the man on July 29, to return to Karla Dominguez’s apartment building and fatally shoot her, police said. Of note, the Venezuelan native had no relatives in the United States.
Bouaichi had then been on the run until Wednesday, when he was spotted in his car by federal marshals and Alexandria police in Prince George’s County. Cops who gave pursuit found the fugitive with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was listed in critical condition at a local Virginia hospital Friday afternoon, Alexandria police Lt. Courtney Valentine relayed to the nypost.
In a statement, Bouaichi’s lawyers, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, said they were ‘certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered.’ The lawyers said they had been eagerly anticipating trial on the rape charges against the suspect.
‘Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months, and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case,’ they said.
Meanwhile, an online fundraiser set up to help with Dominguez’s funeral costs had raised $7,700 as of Friday evening.