A man has been arrested in Dusseldorf, Germany, on allegations he sexually assaulted a 90-year-old woman in broad daylight as she emerged from a church.
The man, who is a Moroccan immigrant, was accused of forcing the woman into an alley after she left a church service, the Daily Express reported.
He is then accused of demanding money from the woman, before assaulting her.
Police detained the man after he was recognized at a train station by an officer. He was previously charged with robbery in May.
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The woman was treated in a hospital for her injuries and released the following day.
Rainer Wendt, head of the German police union, recently alleged there is a broader trend of criminality among refugees and immigrants.
“They despise our country and laugh at our justice,” Wendt said, according to the Express.
He suggested that there were more than 2,200 criminal migrants in the city and that this was reflective of other cities in the country.
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“If there is no pre-trial detention made, no imprisonment is imposed, and no deportation carried out then the police make multiple arrests and the perpetrators get away with it,” he added.
Wendt’s allegations went unchallenged in the Express article, but not everyone agrees with them.
In April, the Atlantic reported on the Hoaxmap project, which was set up by two German women to counter false allegations about alleged crimes committed by refugees. A total of 358 false rumors were collected, going back as far as 2013.
“Like in any population, there are people who are criminals and the law should be applied to them. Nobody is above the law, whether you are a refugee or not,” William Spindler of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees told the Thompson Reuters Foundation in August.
“But we should not forget that the vast majority of refugees are law-abiding and we should not demonize them or see them all as criminals and terrorists because that's not the case,” he added.
An estimated 1 million people arrived in Europe in 2015 -- most of them fleeing wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.
“Most people in the world also believe that people who are fleeing persecution should be protected and they want their countries to keep their borders open to them,” Spindler added.