A Nigerian national in the United States illegally has been charged with rape in Montgomery County, Maryland, the eighth such case in the area since July 25.
All of the illegal immigrants have been men and have been charged with rape or sexual abuse.
Oluwakayode Adewole Adebusuyi, 26, is charged with the second-degree rape, assault, and false imprisonment of a 28-year-old woman, according to Montgomery County Department of Police.
— Montgomery County Department of Police (@mcpnews) September 3, 2019
Adebusuyi, who lives in Fairfax, Virginia, allegedly sexually assaulted and raped the woman in a Toyota sedan while she was intoxicated and refused to let her leave the vehicle.
In a statement obtained by ABC 7 News, federal immigration authorities confirmed the 26-year-old is living in the United States illegally.
“On Sept. 1, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers lodged a detainer with the Montgomery County Detention Center on unlawfully present Nigerian national Oluwakayode Adewole Adebusuyi. Adebusuyi was arrested Aug. 28 on local charges, including rape,” the ICE statement read.
The 26-year-old was arrested on Aug. 31 and is currently being held in custody on a $250,000 bond, according to the news outlet.
Officials launched an investigation on Aug. 24 after a woman who said she was raped was found crying in the middle of Clarendon Road in Bethesda at around 11:45 p.m.
Detectives said the woman told them she was at a bar in Silver Spring earlier in the evening with Adebusuyi, who was a mutual friend. She told detectives he offered to let her rest in his car which was parked outside after she complained she felt nauseous.
Montgomery County Police said she accepted his offer and fell asleep in the car but woke up when the suspect entered the car and began raping her.
Adebusuyi then drove out of the area with the 28-year-old still in his vehicle, and refused to let her leave, according to the police statement.
The woman eventually exited the car on Clarendon Road, where she screamed for help, and the suspect fled, police said.
Montgomery County Police said in the news release that as the Nigerian national was working as a ride-share driver in the area, there could be more victims.
“Due to the nature of Adebusuyi’s employment, detectives are concerned that there may be additional victims of Adebusuyi,” the statement read.
According to documents obtained by ABC 7 News, the suspect had been previously charged in August 2018 with second-degree assault, a fourth-degree sex offense and false imprisonment. The charges were dropped for unknown reasons.
The Montgomery County Department of Police urged anyone who believes they were a victim or individuals with information about a victim to call the Special Victims Investigations Division at 240-773-5050.
Sheriff Slams Sanctuary County Policies
A Maryland sheriff voiced his disdain for Montgomery’s sanctuary policies after the arrest of a seventh illegal immigrant on rape or sexual abuse charges within the span of four weeks.
It came after Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich said in an executive order (pdf) in July that county agencies are not allowed to ask people about their immigration status or help ICE.
Chuck Jenkins, sheriff in neighboring Frederick County, said that the policies in Montgomery County are “really outrageous.”
“What they’ve down now is galvanize the fact that you can come into Montgomery County, commit a crime as an illegal alien and you won’t feel the consequence,” he said during an appearance on Fox News.
“You’ll be prosecuted for the state crime but then once you’re adjudicated, once you’re released back on the streets, to potentially commit more crimes against the citizens.”
Elrich told WTOP recently that he might change the part of the executive order that prevents ICE agents from entering some parts of the county jail. He didn’t comment on the string of arrests.
Jenkins said that Elrich’s actions are creating a dangerous environment.
“What he’s [Elrich] done effectively is jeopardize public safety throughout the central part of Maryland,” he said. “Montgomery borders D.C., it borders Frederick county, it’s a gateway to central Maryland.”
Montgomery County has not responded to questions sent by The Epoch Times regarding its sanctuary policies.
Montgomery County introduced sanctuary policies in 2014 (pdf), 2016 (pdf), and 2017 (pdf). Press releases from Montgomery County do not show the suspects’ immigration status, and WJLA noted that other men have been arrested for alleged sexual abuse during the month timeframe, which started in late July, but federal officials haven’t been able to confirm their immigration status.
Montgomery County Republican Party Chairman Alexander Bush said in an emailed statement that Elrich’s executive order is a “political stunt all about opposing a president he hates, even at the risk of the safety of Montgomery County residents.”
Epoch Times reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.