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Man indicted on carjacking, rape charges

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Associated Press / August 14, 2008
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PROVIDENCE - A man accused of carjacking a woman in a supermarket parking lot and raping her in a park was indicted yesterday on charges including sexual assault and robbery.

Authorities accuse Marco Riz, 26, of carjacking a woman in the parking lot of a Warwick supermarket in June, driving her to a park in Providence, and sexually assaulting her there.

Governor Donald L. Carcieri has said that Providence police had an opportunity to help federal officials deport Riz when he was arrested twice last year while under a federal deportation order. Authorities say Riz is in the country illegally from Guatemala.

But Mayor David Cicilline of Providence has said that federal officials failed to take Riz into custody, even though Providence police had faxed his name to immigration authorities.

Immigration enforcement officials said the faxed communication from the police was not efficient and asked the city to switch to a computerized system.

Riz is being held without bail at the state prison in Cranston. He is due to be arraigned in Kent County Superior Court on Aug. 29.

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