Suspect in Silver Spring trail rape case is in US illegally: ICE
WASHINGTON - The suspect accused of raping a 15-year-old girl and a woman days later on a Maryland hiking trail is in the U.S. illegally, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Jose Roberto Hernandez-Espinal, 20, was arrested and charged with raping a woman and robbing her friend Tuesday at Burnt Mills East Special Park.
Court documents revealed Hernandez-Espinal walked up to the woman and her friend who was having lunch in the park, threatened them with a machete and demanded their phones. Then, police said he pointed the machete at one of the women’s backs, walked her to a secluded part of the trail, raped her, stole her jewelry then ran away.
According to an ICE spokesperson, Hernandez-Espinal is a national of El Salvador and unlawfully entered the U.S. in May 2013.