Hearing Delayed For Four Immigrants Accused Of Rape

| by Jordan Smith
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Four men have been accused of raping a woman and assaulting her boyfriend in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Adan Diaz, 32, Ariel Diaz, 24, Elmer Diaz, 19, and Marlon Jarquin-Felipe, 27, allegedly participated in the rape and assault that occurred March 13, according to the Framingham Wicked Local.

Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have placed detainers on all four men, who are natives of Guatemala and undocumented immigrants.

Authorities say the couple was out for a walk when one of the accused approached them and offered the man a beer.

Another of them then produced a condom and pointed at the woman before they seized her.

“They began carrying her against her will,” prosecutor Susan Harris said, according to the Wicked Local. “She tried to stop them, and had her feet down but one of them picked her legs up and they carried her into an apartment.”

The boyfriend was detained by one of the suspects, but he managed to force his way into the apartment. The three men had tried to block the door with a dresser and had pinned down the woman on a bed.

Two of the men then allegedly abandoned the woman to attack the boyfriend. One of the suspects threatened him with a knife.

“He [Ariel Diaz] said ‘I’m going to carve you up and rape your girl,'” Harris added.

At the initial hearing, Ken Gross, an attorney for Elmer Diaz, challenged the alleged incident because the two accusers had criminal records, including convictions for heroin possession.

He also pointed out that neither the man nor the woman sought medical attention after the alleged incident.

At a hearing March 17, it was determined that Ariel Diaz was a danger to the public, and he will be held without bail until a pre-trial conference April 15.

But Robert Costello, an attorney for jarquin-Felipe, successfully obtained a hearing delay for the other three suspects until March 24 after new evidence emerged.

Costello said the prosecution was in possession of a video related to the incident. He added that the footage may “add to [Gross’] point that the case is bizarre,” according to the Wicked Local.

Sources: Framingham Wicked Local, (2) / Photo credit: Framingham Wicked Local (2)

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