Monday, March 1, 2021

Maryland Rape Suspect Kills Accuser After Jail Release Due to Coronavirus, Commits Suicide

Ibrahm Elkahlil Bouaichi
Alexandria Police Department

*A Maryland man who allegedly raped a woman last year killed that same woman last week after he was released from jail because of the coronavirus

Ibrahim Bouaichi, 33, shot and killed himself after he was tracked down by police Wednesday, according to the Washington Post. Bouaichi was suspected of raping Karla Dominguez in October 2019, and she testified against him at a preliminary hearing last December.

Bouaichi was held without bond in Alexandria, Va., until April, and was scheduled to stand trial March 30 on charges of rape, sodomy, strangulation, abduction and burglary.

As coronavirus spread within the jail in March and April, his lawyers successfully argued for his release, the Associated Press reported. He then wasted no time travelling to Alexandria and fatally shooting Dominguez outside her apartment on July 29, the Post reported. 

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After the shooting, police released the following statement to the public asking for help in locating their prime suspect: Bouaichi is described as 33 year-old man of Middle Eastern descent, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing approximately 180 pounds. Bouaichi should be considered armed and dangerous, and poses a potential threat to anyone who comes into contact with him. Bouaichi was last known to be driving a stolen, black, 2013 Nissan Altima sedan with Maryland tags 1CN3103. Below is a stock photo of the type of vehicle.

One week after Karla’s death, authorities located Bouaichi in Maryland. As they chased him, he crashed the car he was driving. Officers found him inside with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the report. 

As reported by Fox News, Bouaichi’s attorneys, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, said in a statement that they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy both families have suffered here.”

The lawyers said they “were looking forward to trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic continued the trial date by several months and we didn’t get the chance to put forth our case.”

According to the police, this was the first homicide in Alexandria in 2020.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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