The 44-year-old Georgia ‘witch doctor’ is arrested for ‘raping a woman at a ‘ritual purification’ after luring her into his apartment via social media’ – as police bodycam shows cops patrolling his home mugged
- Hassan Shalgheen, 44, met the woman online and claimed to be a “witch doctor”.
- He was accused of inviting the woman to his home for a “ritual” and raping her
- A neighbor told a local outlet that other women were also seen entering his home
A 44-year-old Georgia man dubbed a “witch doctor” by police has been arrested for rape and false imprisonment after luring a woman into his home for a “cleansing ritual.”
Hassan Shalgheen was arrested last week after a woman said he sexually assaulted her at his home in Gwinnett County, about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Duluth police officers responded to the Berkeley Landing apartments on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard at 11:15 p.m. last Sunday about a sexual assault call.
The victim met police outside his home and told them she had been raped by Shalgheen. A neighbor told WSB-TV they saw several women going in and out of his apartment.
Hassan Shalgheen, 44, was arrested last week after a woman said he sexually assaulted her at his home in Gwinnett County, about 20 miles northeast of Atlanta
Police bodycam footage showed officers searching Shalgheen’s home later that night and arresting him
According to a police incident report, the two first met through social media. “The victim described the suspect as a ‘witch doctor’ and first 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 undress and was sexually assaulted.
An arrest warrant indicated she had sent him two online payments totaling $500 for his services as a witch doctor.
Police bodycam footage showed officers searching Shalgheen’s home later that night and arresting him. He appeared handcuffed sitting on the front steps of the apartment.
“We’re here to execute a search warrant. I will have my copies here with me, and we also have a search warrant for mucus swabs and DNA,” one of the officers was heard telling Shalgheen.
More than a dozen officers, some with shields and helmets, could be seen in the footage released by the Duluth Police Department. Shalgheen sat quietly on the steps to the apartment.
Duluth police officers responded to the Berkeley Landing apartments on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard around 11:15 p.m. Sunday about a sexual assault call
Shalgheen appears in the bodycam footage sitting handcuffed on the steps to the apartment
Video of the scene, captured by WSB-TV the next day, showed damage to his front door.
He was booked into the Gwinnett County Adult Detention Center on $5,900 bail for two counts of rape, false imprisonment, theft by deception and sexual assault.
Police are now asking other people who may have been attacked by Shalgheen to come forward.