Four illegal immigrants from Guatemala are facing charges that they attacked a man and a woman at knifepoint in Framingham last week. Two of the men had previously been deported, federal immigration officials said.
The Framingham couple told police that they were walking home from a store on March 13 when they encountered several men who were “intoxicated and stumbling” on the street, according to records in Framingham District Court.
At first, the woman told police, the men were friendly and offered her boyfriend a beer. But then, she said, one man propositioned her for sex. When she refused, she said two of the men dragged her to a nearby apartment. There, the men sexually assaulted her and beat her boyfriend, she told police. Her boyfriend told police that two of the men threatened them with knives and several threatened to kill them. The court redacted the couple’s names from the police report.
All four men have pleaded not guilty.
Ariel Diaz, 24, was ordered held without bail last week on charges of unarmed robbery, indecent assault, and other assault charges for allegedly kicking the woman’s boyfriend and menacing him with a knife. The boyfriend said Diaz threatened to “carve” him up and “rape your girl.”
The other three men were scheduled for a dangerousness hearing Monday but it was postponed until Thursday so that defense lawyers could review new evidence introduced by the prosecution, including a video. At least two of the men are believed to be brothers, according to the police report.
Elmer Diaz, 19, is charged with rape; assault with a dangerous weapon, a knife; kidnapping; and threatening to commit a crime.
Adan Diaz, 32, is charged with indecent assault and battery and kidnapping.
Marlon Josue Jarquin-Felipe, 27, is charged with kidnapping and indecent assault and battery.
After the dangerousness hearing was postponed, Jarquin-Felipe’s lawyer, Robert Mark Costello, said he knew of no physical evidence connecting the men to the alleged attack.
“So far it’s all been allegations,” Costello said.
In court records, police said they searched the suspects’ apartment the next day and found a cellphone belonging to one alleged victim and a cellphone belonging to another outside.
One of the victims positively identified two of the suspects in a police lineup, according to court records, but the police reports are redacted so it is unclear which victim identified the men.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they have issued detainers for all four men so that they can be taken into custody if they are freed. They said Ariel Diaz and Jarquin-Felipe were both deported in 2014 and apparently reentered the United States illegally. Reentry after deportation is a federal crime.
ICE officials did not say Monday whether they would pursue additional charges against the men.
However, immigration officials said Ariel Diaz was arrested in December 2015 and immigration officials were not notified of the arrest, but it was unclear why.Maria Sacchetti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @mariasacchetti.