COLORADO SPRINGS — In 2012 Colorado Springs police announced the arrest of five men Tuesday for what they called a “rare” and “horrific” sexual assault on a woman early July 22.
Sarmad Fadhi Mohammed and Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon were taken into custody on suspicion of sexual assault. Mustafa Sataar Al Feraji, Ali Mohammed Hasan Al Juboori and Yasir Jabbar Jasim were arrested on suspicion of accessory to sexual assault. All are in their 20s.
Police said all five men were from Iraq and had established “lawful permanent resident” status within the past five years but could face deportation if they were to be convicted of the crimes.
Lt. Howard Black, who heads the department’s special victim’s unit, said the attack was unusually severe, adding that the injuries the woman received could have been life-threatening.
Police found blood in an apartment after investigating the scene.
Two were charged with the crime while all five were charged as accessories with the crime. Some of the victim’s injuries were described by police as being “rarely seen.”
According to police, the victim reported overhearing a scuffle involving several people at about 1:30 a.m. at the Wildridge Apartments on July 21. She works the night shift and was out checking her mailbox at the time. She decided to stand between the two groups of men in an attempt to calm them down. Following the fight, the victim told police she was invited inside an apartment by one of the men. There, she met three other men who were about 20 years old.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, the victim described a conversation with the men that centered on how unhappy they were with the treatment they received in the United States. The men also spoke about “the United States oppressing them and calling them terrorists.”
The victim told police the men reminded her of her own son and she wanted to help calm them down. She also sympathized because she had been in the military and previously lived in foreign countries. During their conversation, the victim was given what she believed was lemonade. Police say she has no recollection of what happened after that.
After being convicted and receiving light sentences the men will soon be out to re-offend against other poor American victims.