After ignoring a detainer request from United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the New York City Police Department (NYPD), under the city’s “sanctuary” policy for illegal aliens, released an illegal alien out of custody. Now, that illegal alien stands accused of raping and murdering an elderly woman.
“Reeaz Khan, 21, an unlawfully present Guyanese national, was arrested Jan. 10 by the NYPD and charged with murder, sexual abuse, contact by forcible compulsion, and sexual abuse against a person incapable of consent,” according to and ICE press release. “Khan was previously released from local law enforcement custody in November 2019 with an active detainer, due to New York City’s sanctuary policies.”
The victim was 92-year-old Queens resident Maria Fuertes. She was allegedly violently beaten and raped in the dead of night before she was discovered conscious but disoriented on a city street. She later died in the hospital.
Khan’s arrest last year was reportedly for assault and weapons charges. He now faces charges of murder and sexual abuse, among others. He could serve the rest of his life behind bars if convicted.
Last Friday, he appeared in court with an excuse for his actions.
“He fell down, his belt broke, his pants fell down and his penis fell near [the victim’s] vagina,” he reportedly said.
He also proclaimed his innocence in an interview with The New York Daily News from his Riker’s Island jail cell, where he is being held without bail until his trial.
“I’m crying about this too,” he reportedly said. ““I had a grandma that I took care of. I’d wipe her eyes, carry her, and take her to doctors appointments. I would never hurt an elderly woman.”
But authorities say the day laborer was caught on camera approaching and attacking Fuertes from behind, before dragging her behind a car for four minutes. He was then allegedly seen leaving the scene alone.
Khan claims that he happened upon Fuertes when she was already laying in the street beaten and bruised, and that he was just trying to help.
An ICE official blasted New York City’s decision to release Khan last November instead of handing him over for deportation.
“It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest included assault and weapon charges, and he now faces new charges, including murder,” field office director for ICE’s Removal Operations (ERO) Thomas Decker reportedly said.
“New York City’s sanctuary policies continue to threaten the safety of all residents of the five boroughs they repeatedly protect criminal aliens who show little regard for the laws of this nation,” he continued.
He said that New York City’s “sanctuary city” policies were “dangerously flawed.”
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