THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING

Woman recants ID of rape suspect, court records say

Man has already been charged

By Laura Crimaldi
Associated Press / June 29, 2011

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CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. — A pregnant woman who police say was raped after three men kicked in her door and while her 9-year-old was nearby has recanted her story about the only suspect arrested in the case, court records indicate.

The records show there was an “identification issue’’ pertaining to the 22-year-old man charged in the case.

Police say three armed men kicked in the door of the woman’s third-floor Central Falls apartment Saturday while the 27-year-old woman was asleep with her son. The woman, who is seven months pregnant, was threatened at gunpoint, and one of the men raped her in a bathroom, police Captain James Mendonca said.

The boy was in the bedroom during the rape and “might have overheard something,’’ he said. The alleged victim told WLNE-TV that her son saw “everything.’’

The men also took a game system and television set from the apartment, but the woman refused to tell police whether any firearms or drugs were stolen, Mendonca said. He said the stolen items have not been recovered.

The woman reported the attack to authorities at 3:10 a.m. Saturday, Mendonca sasid.

She suffered minor scrapes and abrasions and was taken to a hospital, where a rape kit was used to gather evidence.

No one came to the door at the victim’s Central Falls apartment yesterday afternoon.

Central Falls police Colonel Joseph Moran declined to comment on the court papers.

The man who was arrested is facing charges of felony sexual assault, felony assault with a dangerous weapon, using a dangerous weapon during commission of a violent crime, breaking and entering, and possession of a firearm without a license. He was released on bail after appearing in Providence District Court Monday and agreed to DNA testing.

He was on probation from a misdemeanor charge of receiving stolen property under $500. He pleaded no contest to that offense in July 2010.

He is due back in Providence District Court July 11 for a probation violation hearing.

He has a prearraignment conference on the sexual assault case Aug.29. No attorney had filed an appearance for him as of yesterday.

A telephone number listed for him has been disconnected, and no one answered the door at his apartment yesterday.