After reportedly enticing a woman to his flat with the promise of performing a cleansing ceremony, a guy known as a witch doctor was detained.
At Gwinnett County, about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta, Hassan Shalgheen, 44, was detained last week after a lady said he sexually abused her in his residence.
At 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, Duluth police officers went to the Berkeley Landing apartments on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in response to a sexual assault call.
The victim met with police outside of Shalgheen’s residence and reported that Shalgheen had sexually assaulted her. A neighbor reported seeing several ladies entering and exiting his flat to WSB-TV.
According to a police incident report the two first met on social media. ‘The victim described the suspect as a ‘witch doctor’ and initially went to his apartment to be ‘cleansed’ during a ‘ritual,’ it said.
The victim told police that after entering the apartment she was forced to take off her clothes and sexually assaulted.
An arrest warrant suggested that she sent him two online payments totaling $500 for his services as a witch doctor.
Police body cam footage showed officers raiding Shalgheen’s home later that night and arresting him. He appeared sitting on the steps outside the apartment in handcuffs.
‘We’re here to execute a search warrant. I’m going to have my copies here with me, and also, we got a search warrant for mucus swabs, DNA,’ one of the officers was heard telling Shalgheen.
He was booked into the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center on a $5,900 bond for two counts of rape, false imprisonment, theft by deception, and sexual battery.
Police are now asking additional people that may have been targeted by Shalgheen to come forward.