Alexandria police say Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, 33, shot dead Karla Dominguez outside her apartment early in the morning on July 29
A Virginia man accused of raping a woman in October but released from prison over concerns about COVID-19, has shot his accuser.
Alexandria police said Ibrahim E. Bouaichi, 33, shot dead Karla Dominguez outside her apartment on July 29. The Venezuelan native was found dead outside her home with multiple gunshot wounds around 6:20 a.m.
Bouaichi had been in jail since October after Dominguez accused him of raping her, but he was released on bail in April fearing he might contract a coroanvirus.
He shot his accuser a few months later.
Police released a video press release asking the public for help in locating him after the attack, calling him “armed and dangerous,” the Washington Post reported.
Two days later, federal marshals and police found Bouaichi in Prince George’s County and prosecuted him, crushing the suspect. Authorities share that Bouaichi found Bouaichi with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
On Thursday he was listed as being in serious condition. He also now has a murder charge.
Bouaichi has been charged with rape, strangulation and kidnapping after Dominguez said he sexually assaulted her in a violent incident last October.
Last December, Dominguez said she was sexually assaulted by Bouaichi during a violent incident in October.
He was sentenced to jail without bail, with his next court appearance scheduled for March 30.
Bouaichi’s lawyers said the couple was a boyfriend and girlfriend and were preparing to use him for their defense in court.
But when the pandemic struck, Bouaichi’s lawyer argued the virus was a danger to them and their client as he awaited trial.
On April 9, Circuit Court Judge Nolan Dawkins freed Bouaichi for $ 25,000 on the condition that he only leave his home in Maryland to meet with attorneys or officials from pre-trial services.
Alexandria’s prosecutors opposed the release.
In their petition, Bouaichi’s lawyers argued that “social distancing and proper disinfection measures are not possible during incarceration … Simply put, the risk of contracting Covid-19 in a prison is extremely obvious.”
His lawyers, Manuel Leiva and Frank Salvato, also said they were at risk when they visited their client in prison. They added that the contact visit “would also be exposed to air and contaminated surfaces”.
Regarding the murder, lawyers said they were “certainly saddened by the tragedy the two families suffered here.”
They added that they “were looking forward to the trial. Unfortunately, the pandemic extended the trial date by several months and we did not have a chance to present our case.
Bouaichi had another confrontation with the law before the shooting, when in May he was arrested by Greenbelt police after receiving a heist alarm at a Wendy’s restaurant.
Officers who responded say that Bouaichi was acting strangely in the drive-thru and became uncooperative with the police.
He was arrested and charged with two counts of first degree assault, two counts of second degree assault, injuring a law enforcement dog, resisting arrest, driving in intoxicated and multiple charges of trafficking.
He was released from Maryland jail on May 11 after officials in Alexandria said they would have revoked his bail had they known about the incident.
A GoFundMe has been created for Dominguez, whose entire family lives in Venezuela.