Security forces announced on Thursday the arrest of two people accused of sexual molestation and of robbing women at gunpoint in the Mount Lebanon governorate.
"Rapes and robberies have been recorded recently against women in different regions in Mount Lebanon, and these acts were committed by unknown assailants using a blue Renault Rapid car and a navy blue Nissan Datsun,” the Internal Security Forces said in a communique.
Following intense investigation, the Baabda judicial police managed to identify and locate one of the assailants, 34 year old Lebanese national H.H., and arrest him after a raid carried out on June 9 in the town of Aramoun, the statement added.
Security forces also seized 20 purses and a war gun in his possession.
The assaulter confessed to more than 50 rape, molestation and robbery operations all carried out at gunpoint.
The ISF statement described how H.H. executed his crimes: “He invited women to get in the car with him, promising to drive them to their desired destination. But he took them instead to uninhabited areas where he raped and robbed them at gunpoint.”
The detained criminal also confessed that Lebanese national A.Gh., 22, has committed similar acts by threatening his victims using a knife.
The second criminal was arrested on June 11 in the Choueifat region to the south of Beirut. He confessed to 10 rapes and robberies against women.
Several victims recognized both arrested men, and the ISF's statement called on other women who suffered from their crimes to come forward and report the incident by heading to the Baabda police department or calling security forces on the following numbers: 05/921115 – 05/922173.
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