A man calling himself a “witch doctor” is accused of raping a woman who had paid him for a cleansing ritual, and police believe that he targeted illegal aliens because he could threaten to report them to immigration officials.
Police say that 44-year-old Hassan Shalgheen took an appointment from a woman seeking a cleansing ritual and invited her to his apartment in Duluth, a small suburban town near Atlanta, Georgia, on Sunday evening.
She said she found out about Shalgheen through WhatsApp, a social media platform.
Police said that Shalgheen took her clothes off for the ritual and then forced himself on her and sexually assaulted her.
She called police from his apartment at about 11 p.m.
Shalgheen was arrested and charged with two counts of rape. He was also charged with false imprisonment, theft, and sexual battery.
Video of the arrest was obtained by WANF-TV and showed police telling Shalgheen that they had a warrant for his DNA.
Investigators said that the woman paid the man $500 for the cleansing ritual before the attack through payments on Venmo.
Neighbors of the man in the same apartment complex were shocked and stunned.
“That is absolutely terrifying,” said Paul Munn to WANF. “I live like, there’s a wall between us, so that’s very very scary. It’s crazy.”
“I can’t believe that anything would happen like this in this kind of neighborhood, you know, it a very nice neighborhood and it’s just crazy that that happened,” said Christopher Crawford to WXIA-TV.
Shalgheen was booked to the Gwinnett County Jail without a bond.
Police are asking for any other possible victims to come forward.
Here’s a local news report about the incident:
Duluth police arrest man described as ‘witch doctor’ for sexual assaultwww.youtube.com
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