Four undocumented immigrants from Guatemala were arrested after allegedly being beaten up mid-rape by the victim’s boyfriend, local news reports.
Framingham, Mass., police arrested brothers Elmer Diaz, 19, Ariel Diaz, 24, and Adan Diaz, 32, and their friend Marlon Josue Jarquin-Felipe, 27, Sunday night, after a couple called 911.
The couple told police they were out enjoying the weather when a seemingly friendly man walked up, offering them a beer. He was joined by three others, and when he pulled out a condom and indicated interest in the woman, they realized the danger too late.
The prosecutor, Susan Harris, claims the men carried off the woman “against her will. She said she tried to stop them and had her feet down, but one of them picked her legs up and they carried her into an apartment.”
The boyfriend described Adan staying behind to beat him up, but said he managed to get away.
“They brought her into the building on the corner into the apartment,” police said. “They pulled a dresser or table across the door of the room so she could not leave […] [They] were trying to climb on her while the others were groping her.”
Meanwhile, the boyfriend forced his way in to the apartment while calling 911.
“I thought we were going to die. I really did. And I didn’t care if I died, as long as I could save her and get her out of there, that’s all I cared about,” the boyfriend told The Boston Herald.
He described Jarquin-Felipe and Ariel turning on him, while Elmer continued to sexually assault his girlfriend, who was pinned on the bed. After removing the boyfriend’s phone and hitting him with multiple head-butts, Ariel grabbed a butcher knife and attempted to slash the boyfriend, Harris says.
“He [Ariel Diaz] said, ‘I’m going to carve you up and rape your girl,’ ” the prosecutor explains.
But Jarquin-Felipe is described as preventing Ariel from using his knife on the boyfriend. Police say the boyfriend smashed a beer bottle on his attacker’s head, and somehow, the two victims managed to escape.
“After we got out, we got down to the street and she was screaming, ‘Police! Police!’ and I was like, ‘Don’t stop, just keep running,’” the boyfriend said. The police arrived soon after and arrested all four men, two of whom were deported in early 2014.
They all pleaded not guilty to the slew of charges they face. Elmer Diaz’s lawyer argues the story given by the victims is suspect, given both have criminal records, including arrests for heroin, and neither sought medical attention after the incident. Jarquin-Felipe’s lawyers claims he was not even there during the incident, only arriving at the apartment after the police were there. Ariel Diaz’s lawyer points out her client was described as wearing a white undershirt when he was in fact clearly wearing a gray tank-top.