Lebanon News

Police arrest two rape suspects, ask victims to come forward

The ISF says the 34-year-old and the 22-year-old have raped some 60 women in Lebanon. (The Daily Star/ISF, HO)

BEIRUT: The Internal Security Forces have detained two suspects accused of raping some 60 women and robbing them at gunpoint, the ISF said Thursday, asking victims to come forward in order to press charges.

In a statement, the ISF said it launched a manhunt earlier this week for two suspects after receiving reports of rape in several areas in Mount Lebanon. On June 9, A police unit raided the house of a 34-year-old, identified by his initials as H.H., in the Choueifat  town of Aramoun and confiscated a pistol and 20 purses.

During his interrogation, the man confessed to having carried out more than 50 acts of rape, sexual assault and robbery.

He told investigators that he lured the women into his car by offering them a ride, but instead took them to a deserted area where he would rape and rob them.

The suspect confessed that another man, identified by the ISF as A.G., had carried out similar crimes. The ISF arrested the second suspect a day later in the Mount Lebanon town of Shoueifat.

The 22-year-old Shoueifat suspect confessed to raping and robbing 10 women by forcing them into his vehicle using a knife.

The ISF said several victims had identified the suspects, and called for any other potential victims to come forward or call the hotline 05-921-115 or 05-922-173.





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