‘Witch doctor’ raped woman in ‘ritual cleansing’ after ‘luring her to apartment’

A man dubbed a ‘witch doctor’ has been arrested after allegedly luring a woman to his apartment with the promise of doing a ‘cleansing ritual’.

Hassan Shalgheen allegedly raped and falsely imprisoned the woman in his apartment in Gwinnett County, near Atlanta, US.

Duluth police officers were called to reports of a sexual assault on Sunday, February 5 at approximately 11.15pm.

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The victim told police at the scene that Shalgheen had raped her.

A neighbour also told the force that they had seen multiple women entering the apartment, according to WSB-TV.

A police incident report stated that the victim met Shalgheen on social media.

The victim described the suspect as a 'witch doctor' and initially went to his apartment to be 'cleansed' during a 'ritual,' it said.

The woman claimed that once she arrived at the apartment she was forced to take off her clothes and the ‘witch doctor’ proceeded to assault her sexually.

An arrest warrant also suggested that she sent him two online payments totalling $500 (£415) for his services as a witch doctor.

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The Daily Mail reported that police body cam footage showed officers raiding Shalgheen's home later that night and arresting him. He appeared sitting on the steps outside the apartment in handcuffs.

“We're here to execute a search warrant. I'm going to have my copies here with me, and also, we got a search warrant for mucus swabs, DNA,” one of the officers said.

In the footage, which was released by Duluth Police Department, more than a dozen officers could be seen, some with shields and helmets. Shalgheen was sitting calmly on the steps to the apartment.

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Video of the scene recorded by WSB-TV the next day showed damage to his front door.

He was booked into the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center on a $5,900 (£4,900) bond for two counts of rape, false imprisonment, theft by deception and sexual battery.

Police are now asking additional people that may have been targeted by Shalgheen to come forward.


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