Rape Suspect Kills His Accuser After Being Freed From Jail Due To Coronavirus

Rape Suspect Kills His Accuser After Being Freed From Jail Due To Coronavirus

Karla Gonzalez had previously testified against Ibrahim E. Bouaichi and he was indicted on rape charges and jailed without bond.

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Trigger Warning: This article contains details of rape and murder that readers may find disturbing


A suspect who was under investigation for potential sexual assault charges was released from jail in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, who was no longer in police custody, went on to the kill the woman who had accused him of rape, Police in Virginia said. The incident took place on Wednesday, July 29 when officers found a woman shot to death on S. Greenmount Drive. This was noted as the Alexandria district's first homicide of the year. The victim was later identified as Karla Elizabeth Dominguez Gonzalez. She had previously testified against Bouaichi in Alexandria District Court in December where he was indicted on rape charges and jailed without bond. 





After the pandemic was declared nationwide, Bouaichi's lawyers laid forth the argument that he should be freed while awaiting trial. They cited that the virus could endanger inmates and the court saw it their way. The Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins signed Bouachi's release on a $25,000 bond. He was ordered not to leave his Maryland home unless meeting with his lawyers or court officials, according to the Washington Post. He was freed on April 9, and Gonzalez was notified of this that very day, according to the Alexandria Sheriff's office. Dominguez, a native of Venezuela, did not have relatives in the United States, the Post reported. 







Alexandria Police officers responded to a report of shots fired on S. Greenmount Drive on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:20 a.m., according to a police statement. Police had been on the lookout for Ibrahim Elkahlil Bouaichi who was last seen driving a stolen, black, 2013 Nissan Altima with Maryland tags 1CN3103. "Anyone with information about the July 29 murder may provide it anonymously," Alexandria police officers stated. 









Things took a turn for the better on Wednesday, August 5, one week after Gonzalez was killed as Alexandria police officers with the FBI's regional Violent Crimes Task Force spotted Bouaichi in Prince George's County, Maryland. Unfortunately, as the authorities began to chase him Bouaichi crashed the car he was driving. He was later found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment.  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.” 







A GoFundMe page was launched after Gonzalez's death to pay funeral expenses, but the organizer did not respond to messages seeking comment, the newspaper reported. "The silent morning of Wednesday, July 29 was interrupted during the first hours, when the violent sound of gunshots alerted residents of a community in Alexandria, VA. Something very bad and very serious was happening,  a young woman, by the name of Karla Dominguez, had been shot to death outside an apartment complex. The arrival of police and paramedic patrols at the crime scene is recorded at approximately 6:20 a.m. They found the woman unconscious, there was not much to do, the victim had multiple bullet wounds in the upper part of her body," the page stated.



Image: GoFundMe


The fundraiser was set up by a family member who also added: "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." 

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