MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. – Police say a man is in custody after authorities followed up on reports of a 16-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at knifepoint. 

Fox News reported that Nelson Saul Reyes-Medrano, 46, has been charged with first-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and first-degree assault after he reportedly crawled into a young girl’s bed while she was taking a nap and raped her while holding a knife to her throat.

The Montgomery County Police Department arrested Reyes-Medrano after the attack, which took place in late 2018, was reported to authorities. 

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Nelson Saul Reyes-Medrano, 46, has been charged with first-degree rape, sex abuse of a minor, and first-degree assault after he reportedly crawled into a young girl’s bed while she was taking a nap and raped her while holding a knife to her throat. (Montgomery County Police/Adobe Stock)

 

Now, federal immigration officials are requesting to take him into their custody. They say that Reyes-Medrano is a Salvadoran national who is living in the country illegally. 

A federal immigration spokesman confirmed that the suspect in the case was in the United States illegally. They say that ICE has lodged a formal detainer against him.

Police reported that the victim, who was 16-years-old at the time of the alleged abuse, was taking a nap in her apartment, where Reyes-Medrano reportedly also lived. She told police that she felt someone climbing into the bed, and when she opened her eyes, she saw the suspect positioning himself over her. 

“Take your clothes off,” Reyes-Medrano allegedly said to the teen, according to a court document. The document notes that the suspect then placed the dull-side of the knife against the victim’s neck as she began to undress.

 

The document then went on to say that while she was taking off her clothes, the suspect reportedly grew impatient and began to rape her.

It wasn’t until a noise from outside the apartment startled Reyes-Medrano that the horrific encounter ended. The teen told investigators that she was in pain throughout the entire experience.

Reyes-Medrano then threw his clothes on and fled the apartment, taking the knife that he had used in the assault with him.

Now, a Montgomery District County Court judge has denied bond for the suspect, noting the horrific nature of the crime as well as the pending ICE detainer request. 

“The allegations are incredibly serious,” Judge Amy Bills said in court. “The allegations are that a knife was brandished and a first-degree rape occurred.”

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If the detainer request for federal immigration officials is approved, Montgomery County authorities would turn over the suspect to ICE custody so that his case can be further reviewed.

“Pursuant to ICE policy, all ICE detainers are submitted with an accompanying administrative arrest warrant or warrant of removal depending upon the circumstances of the individual case,” an ICE spokesman said.

 

Fox reported that another illegal immigrant who had been accused of rape was released from the Montgomery County Detention Center just three days after he was arrested. 

County officials said they notified immigration officials that the suspect was scheduled for release that day, even though ICE had filed a detainer to request custody. Montgomery County is a ‘sanctuary’ city, barring any local law enforcement agencies from working to assist ICE officials.  

 

In fact, reports say that immigration officials are not even allowed to enter county jails since the county adopted the change. Now ICE has to publicly apprehend their suspects. 

 

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