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UPDATE: Sources Say Accused Rapist Here As Refugee, Not on Student Visa
DAYTON -- We have learned much more about the 26-year-old immigrant who is accused of raping a 90-year-old woman along a Dayton bike path.
Our team spent hours on the phone with several federal agencies and learned Jean Paul Mpanurwa was here legally. Sources tell us he's a refugee from Rwanda, but since he committed a sexual offense in another state, we wanted to know why he was allowed to come to Dayton.
"I get incensed, and then I get irate. And I'm like in my neighborhood? In my neighborhood?" said neighbor David Messer as he explains the sense disbelief and fear that lingers over his neighborhood near Radio road, even though Mpanurwa is locked up.
"I won't go out at nighttime anymore... my husband goes with my at night time if I have to go to the store," said a neighbor who only wanted to be identified as Mary.
She and other neighbors want to know why Mpanurwa was able to join his family in Dayton in the first place.
"Who would really in truly do that to a 90-year-old woman?" asked Mary.
We searched through pages of court documents, and found Mpanurwa admitted to groping a fellow student at a Job Corp in Utah last Fall. His conviction of sexual battery was only a misdemeanor. A misdemeanor crime, even sexual in nature, is not grounds for deportation.
On Monday, we heard Mpanurwa was here on a student visa; but sources now tell us he would never be granted a student visa for nine years, and he was living here as a refugee. Neighbors we talked to today are outraged that more wasn't done, and want lawmakers to revisit the books.
"Look at the laws on it, you know if he was supposed to be here as a refugee, you know, why is he still over here, really?" asked Mary.
"This is a serial person, he fits a pattern," said Messer who knows that will help the Prosecution's case. And as they build their case, Immigration and Customs enforcement already have a federal hold on him. That means if he's convicted of this rape, they have already started the deportation process.
DAYTON--Bond was set at 500,000 for the man accused of raping a 90 year old woman on a bike trail.
Police said Jean Paul Mpanurwa, 26, was arrested Friday night for the rape of the elderly woman.
The attack happened July 14 on the Creekside Bike Trail near Radio Road.
Mpanurwa was identified as a suspect and was swabbed for DNA.
"There was a DNA match from evidence collected from our victim linking the assault to Mr. Mpanurwa." Dayton Police Sgt. Larry Tolpin said.
Families that live near the bike path said the arrest brings a sense of relief to the neighborhood.
"I'm glad they finally got him." Mother of four, Angel Gugle said. "Its good, knowing that he's not able to do it to anyone else." She added.
Gugle said since the horrific attack, parents have kept kids indoors and away from the bike trail.
"They were afraid to let them run around the street."
ABC 22/ FOX 45 NEWS talked to Mpanurwa's family, who didn't want to do an on camera interview, but said they are shocked about the allegations and said he's never been in trouble before.
Police said Mpanurwa has a criminal past, he was arrested last year in Utah, for inappropriately touching a woman at a Job Corp. Center.
Detectives said he served a short sentence for the misdemeanor crime, then moved to Dayton to be closer to family.
Police said Mpanurwa is a refugee from Rwanda and here on a student visa. Police said if convicted, he's facing lengthy prison time, and he would have to serve time here in the United States, before being deported back to Rwanda.
"I think he should go back from where he came from." One of the elderly woman's neighbors said.
"I don't think there is any amount of jail time good enough . Anyone who does that, shouldn't see the light of day again." He added.
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